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Forward Kidd-Napa Valley Red Wine-2012

Forward Kidd
Napa Valley Red Wine


Named after two types of loam (soil) in which these vines grow (Forward Gravelly and Kidd loams). Big blend:
30% Petit Verdot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 5% Syrah/Petite Sirah. Unique, distinctive wine with broad appeal as well. Dark fruit profile, sweet roasted spices from both oak and grape. Marriage of powerful flavors and  silky texture. First release.  
From July 29, 2015 newsletter:
For starters, the name Forward Kidd. Comes from the name of two types of loam (soil) you find in Napa Valley (Forward Gravelly and Kidd loams). There are over 100 types of soil variations in Napa. It's one of the reasons Napa wines are special.

This is a big blend: 30% Petit Verdot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 5% Syrah/Petite Sirah. A lot of the fruit used grows in the namesake soils. I think of the name as an homage to the kaleidoscope of soils in Napa.

About the wine, and why you will like it.
If you've been reading my newsletters for a while you know how I separate wines into two categories: Slam Dunks (i.e. broad appeal) and Acquired Taste. The latter style I usually reserve for one-on-one recommendations because of the wine's uniqueness. Newsletter wines usually fall into the Slam Dunk category for obvious reasons.
My set up is obvious. This is a slam dunk.

WINEMAKING and TASTING NOTES: Cold soak before fermentation. 2 weeks total on the skins. Aged 2 years in French oak, 1/3rd new (I call it medium-high oak). 14.5% alcohol.

Sweet berry/cherry fruit sensations lean toward the fresh jam/liqueur family (kirsch, blackberry preserves), roasted pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), black licorice and vanilla bean weave through (these non-fruit flavors coming from both oak and grape). Soft on the palate yet strong flavors from start to finish. Medium/low acidity. Drink now through 2018.

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