Kenefick Ranch Winery. Photograph, Dan Miller
Personable, humble, and modest, Dr. Tom Kenefick may desire to fly slightly below the viticultural radar, however his title precedes him. For 25 years, premium Napa Valley labels corresponding to Caymus, Shafer, Eisele, Nickel and Nickel, Cade, B Cellars, and Venge have used Kenefick Ranch grapes from Calistoga of their award-winning wines. World-renowned winemaker Heidi Barrett makes use of Kenefick grapes for her La Sirena label, and shortly to open 4 Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley will serve a Kenefick vineyard-designated wine created by native winemaking legend Thomas Rivers Brown. The status of Kenefick Ranch grapes is illustrated by this alternative to focus on the Kenefick winery designation.
Dr. Tom Kenefick in his Calistoga winery. Photograph, Tim Carl
However since 2002, Dr. Kenefick’s meticulous supervision of his 125 Calistoga AVA winery acreage can be demonstrated in his personal Kenefick Ranch label. His varietals embody Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache Blanc, and Petite Sirah. Every is made with 10% of his winery’s highest high quality grapes.
Photograph, Fran Miller
A former San Francisco neurosurgeon, Dr. Kenefick now lives full time on the Calistoga property he bought in 1980, and this octogenarian continues to supervise all winery operations, making certain sustainability of this pristine palisades property – a outstanding contiguous piece of land distinctive in its various soil profiles and microclimates. Kenefick’s son Chris and daughter Caitlin are lively contributors within the household enterprise.
Chris and Caitlin Kenefick. Photograph, Tim Carl
“Kenefick Ranch is exclusive as a result of, whereas some individuals instantly get entangled in producing their very own wine, we centered on the grape rising facet for practically 25 years earlier than producing our first classic,” mentioned Chris. “We predict that nice wines begin within the winery so we needed to grasp this facet earlier than producing our personal wine, and we expect it exhibits in each bottle.”
Kenefick Ranch makes use of a state-of-the-art customized crush facility at close by Fairwinds Property Vineyard. Utilizing the newest winemaking instruments and tools and the very best quality French oak barrels, grasp winemaker Kent Jarman produces Kenefick’s New World wines with tender tannins and naturally larger acidity. Jarman, a graduate of UC Davis’ enology and viticulture program, labored his first harvest as an intern in 2000 and by 2002 had joined Duckhorn Vineyards as assistant winemaker. 5 years later he joined Kenefick Ranch Winery & Vineyard, the place he maximizes the essence of the property to create a flawless expression of the terroir.
Kenefick Ranch Winemaker Kent Jarman. Photograph, Tim Carl
Harvest time at Kenefick Ranch Winery. Photograph, Tim Carl
Photograph, Tim Carl
Fairwinds Property Vineyard additionally at present serves on the tasting room for Kenefick Ranch. (Plans are within the works for development of a tasting room on the Kenefick Ranch property.) The vibe of the welcoming co-op surroundings is relaxed and low-key, and tastings typically embody just a few locally-sourced nibbles. Name forward and make a reservation, and revel in your tasting inside the swank environs of the Fairwinds wine cave. “Once you go to the tasting room, you get a way of what Napa was once – the place it’s all concerning the wine and a pleasant dialog,” mentioned Chris. “We let our wine communicate for itself and make it possible for individuals have a good time whereas tasting.”
Kenefick Ranch wine tastings can happen within the Fairwinds Property Vineyard cave. Photograph, Dan Miller
Photograph, Dan Miller
For true enjoyment of Kenefick Ranch varietals, membership membership is the way in which to go. Membership members not solely share the fine quality spoils of the vineyard’s small manufacturing Bordeaux and Rhone varietals, they change into a part of the Kenefick Ranch staff, having fun with wine membership occasions, free tastings, first notification of latest releases, wine reductions, and better of all – one complimentary weekend keep on the charming Kenefick Ranch Home, perched on the palisades with sweeping winery views…vineyard pup Bella included.
Kenefick Ranch wines are discovered at choose wine retailers throughout the nation and at Napa Valley eating places corresponding to Sam’s Social Membership, Solbar, and Norman Rose Tavern.
Kenefick Ranch Home. Photograph, Tim Carl