Facts of Note
22 months - longest in KB history
Vineyards in Sonoma Coast & Russian River Valley
50% whole cluster
Unshackled from geographic constraints, this is a wine that comes straight from the heart of our winemaking team. A blend of four special barrels, each from one of four vineyards that seemed to shine the most in 2016. 4-Barrel is a singular wine, the components of which change each year but whose promise and reason for being remain the same – a winemaker’s pledge to unearth a remarkable story from each vintage. Simply the best blend we can craft from four special barrels representing four unique vineyards.
The task for this wine is great: selecting just four barrels from the myriad of individual lots that we nurture each and every vintage is hard. Finding the right quartet that sings together in just the right harmony is even harder. We make this wine with no vineyard or appellation restrictions. The gloves are off and the goal is to create a true rarity each vintage.
A barrel each of the following wines:
Giusti Ranch, clone 115 harvested Aug 16th, 100% Whole Cluster Fermented in 1 ton concrete amphora, aged in new French Oak for 16 months.
Thorn Ridge Ranch, clone 667, harvested Sept 14th, fermented in 8 ton stainless steel open top, aged in New French Oak for 16 months.
Koplen Vineyard, close 667 harvested Sept 8th, fermented 100% whole cluster in 1 ton concrete amphora, aged in New French Oak for 16 months.
Gaps Crown Vineyard, clone 828 harvested Sept 23rd, fermented in 8 ton stainless steel open top, aged in New French Oak for 16 months.
The 4 barrels were racked together and aged in 2 used puncheons for 4 months, racked again into stainless steel tanks for 2 months before bottling.
Nose: Aromas of exotic strawberry, blueberries, orange peel and hints of wet earth.
Mouth: Full bodied with bright acidity, lush tannins and an alluring finish.