Blue Rock Vineyard:  New Releases from Sonoma County

Blue Rock Vineyard  is a small artisanal winery in Alexander Valley that produces high quality  hand-crafted Bordeaux-inspired wines.  The owner of the winery is Kenny Kahn, a passionate vigneron who 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. We have been tasting Kenny’s wines over the past decade and they have been getting better and better.  The three wines reviewed here are first-rate.

Blue Rock Vineyard 2018 Baby Blue Sonoma County ($30) 92  The 2018 Baby Blue is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Primarily sourced from estate fruit, it is soft on the attack and very approachable offering aromas and flavors of delicious blackberry fruit with hints of cassis and spice. It is nicely structured with a long finish and has good aging potential. 14.3% alc.

Blue Rock Vineyard 2018 Estate Cabernet Alexander Valley ($49) 93  A beautiful dark ruby purple tint introduces this superb Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourced from four distinct blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon are blended with 5% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. It is beautifully concentrated with a soft texture, concentrated dark fruit flavors and a long finish.  While a little high in alcohol, it is nicely balanced.  Perhaps the best Estate Cabernet we have tasted from Blue Rock. 15.1 alc

Blue Rock Vineyard 2020 Baby Blanc  Sonoma County ($23) 91 The Baby Blanc is a delicious blend of 96% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Viognier and 1% Semillon.  It is fresh and fruit forward revealing aromas and flavors of passion and tropical fruits. It is nicely balanced with medium acidity, purity of flavor and a pleasant finish. A step up from the 2019 vintage.

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