2019 'the joy' (TESTING ONLY)
Once again, Kirk Venge has delivered a showstopper! Lovers of this incredible wine may remember it as being sourced from the premium Dutton Ranch Jewell Vineyard in the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley. That is still the case, but for this vintage, we added another one of Dutton’s coveted vineyards, Campbell Ranch, which is just a stone’s throw from Jewell. Though vinified separately, their union is profound and both wines were picked early to ensure freshness. Jewell is citrusy and floral, with tight acidity, while Campbell brings light, Pink Lady apple skin and cherry Chapstick aromas. The light salmon color is a gorgeous hue, and as if on cue for summer, the tropical nuance of lycheé and guava and a light kiss of watermelon delight the palate.
As always, there is an underlying weight to this wine which lends to a truly sophisticated mouthfeel. We suggest this wine be served chilled, and as it warms and opens, you will enjoy an abundance of aromatic layers and exciting flavors.