After a big day on Friday hosting a sit-down wine seminar for friends in town followed by a crazy dinner at Press including some of the best Abreu Cabs I’ve ever tasted side-by-side with Colgin Cariad and BOND Quella, Saturday’s afternoon at Kenzo Estate was serene. With my friends in tow, I finally visited Kenzo Estate for the first time. A few years ago, when they were first opening their winery, I was invited to a reception and couldn’t attend. Many days after, I still had friends talking about how impressed they were with Kenzo.
For over 20 years, vintner Kenzo Tsujimoto worked with viticulturist David Abreu and winemaker Heidi Barrett to plan for their first vintage in 2005. The property is vast and unspoiled – it encompasses 4,000 acres yet only 100 acres are planted. At a little over 1550 feet in elevation, a feeling of serenity immediately envelops you as soon as you enter the gates and head down the long, winding road to the Howard Backen-designed winery. While most of the wine sees its way on restaurant lists in the US and Japan, I plan to bring in a little Kenzo into DEAN & DELUCA, especially their flagship wine Rindo and what they refer to as their boutique Red, Ai. Below are a few photos I took while visiting. Enjoy! - Kerrin Laz, Wine Director / email@example.com