The Deering Vineyard was once one of the original parcels of the historic
Beltane Ranch and like many of the vineyards on Nelligan Road, a source for
Kenwood’s legendary Artist Series wines. Today the vineyard is owned by Todd
Maus and organically farmed by Chuy Ordaz and his family.
The site is home to over twelve varietals, but is planted predominantly to
Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Soils include volcanic basalt, shale and
sandstone bedrock. The Cabernet Sauvignon we produce from this vineyard is
a blend of two clones. Older vines were planted to a clone from the Jack London
vineyard next to younger vines grafted from the Montecillo Vineyard up the
Producing a Cabernet Sauvignon isn’t something we take lightly. It’s synonymous
with the most sought-after, California wines in the world. However, our approach
to the varietal is different than you’d come to expect. This wine is intended to
express its site and varietal, not a preconceived notion of what Cabernet
Sauvignon is “supposed to” taste like.
We harvested just over a ton of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maus block of the
greater Deering Vineyard on the lower slopes of the Moon Mountain bench
(approximately 460’). The wine went through a short 2-day cold soak before it
began fermentation, spending 14 days on the skins. When it was dry, we pressed
it off into neutral oak barrels for secondary fermentation followed by another 10
months of sur-lie aging in barrel.
dusty bay leaf, blackberry, anise
santa rosa plum, blueberry, mint