Kenny Kahn, the owner of this small artisanal winery, is one of a small group of producers in Alexander Valley in Sonoma County who are deeply committed to producing authentic high quality estate wines. Blue Rock currently has 46 acres of vineyards planted with five Bordeaux varietals and three acres of hillside Syrah. Blue Rock’s vineyards are today densely planted with low yielding vines and are managed following sustainable agricultural practices. The winery is named after the magnesium rich Serpentine rock that makes up the vineyard.
The three wines reviewed here are from Blue Rock’s Best Barrels collection. The 2012 vintages are well-made although considerably lighter that previous vintages. They also reveals good acidity and freshness not regularly found in Alexander Valley reds. The wines are also well balanced with silky tannins, and not overly extracted. Oak aging is done judiciously revealing blueberry, black currant and moderate spiciness. Overall, the wines are still young at this stage of development and should benefit from further aging.
Blue Rock 2012 Best Barreks Merlot Alexander Valley ($65) 92 The 2012 Best Barrels Merlot is sourced from a two-acre parcelreveals more concentrated flavor than either the Cabernet Sauvignon or the Syrah. It exhibits a dark ruby color and sweet dark red fruit on the attack with perfectly integrated oak. It has a soft and elegant mouth feel and deep long finish
Blue Rock 2012 Best Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley ($65) 90 This is a rather youthful Best Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon. Previous vintages of Blue Rock Cabernet Sauvignon have revealed more ripeness and density of black currant fruit. This one shows moderate density at this stage of development but should be expected to fill out in time. .
Blue Rock 2012 Best Barrels Syrah Alexander Valley ($65) 88 Medium dark ruby in color, the 2012 Best Barrels Syrah is sourced from three acres of hillside Syrah. It displays light aromas of black fruit and a hint of earth. On the palate it reveals light intensity of flavor with high acidity on the finish. Still young and in need of time in the bottle.