Kale Kick Ranch Vineyard Home Run Cuvée 2013 | A home run!
Kale Kick Ranch Vineyard Home Run Cuvée 2013 is deep ruby in color. With lifted aromas of blackberry, black plum, violets, white pepper, and game. Rather lithe and supple tannins with medium body and balancing acidity. And flavors of black fruits, black olive, spice box, and dried herbs. From rising star Winemaker Kale Anderson.
91WE | Made from 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache, both grown at the terrific Kick Ranch hillside site. Kale Kick Ranch Vineyard Home Run Cuvée 2013 has a robustness of dark cherry and red brick color. While soft, smooth and youthful in its seamless tannin and oak. Most notably, juicy dark blueberry and a touch of meaty spice form an enviable combination just ready for meaty dishes
Kale Ranch Sonoma County
Kick Ranch in Sonoma has been a source for Paul Hobbs, Delectus, Failla, Venge, and Kale, among others. At a tasting in the vineyard, the under-the-radar reds of Sonoma native Kale Anderson were clear stand-outs. Kale is one of the youngest winemakers ever to earn a perfect 100-point score from Robert Parker: a 2013 Cabernet made on his watch at Pahlmeyer. The 2013 Home Run Cuvée comes from the same lauded growing season that Kale parlayed into a perfect wine at Pahlmeyer.
We are thrilled to introduce our first Kale offer: the Kale Kick Ranch Vineyard Home Run Cuvée 2013. Notably, Robert Parker called this one of Kale’s “impressive debut releases. While this black-fruited gem was aged for 20 months in French oak. And is loaded with high-toned spice notes. From the “game-changer” 2013 vintage. So don’t miss out on a bottle of wine from a young craftsman who has achieved perfection and is still on the rise. Only 450 cases produced. We have 100.
Passion for Rhone-style reds
After 15 years of prestigious Napa Valley jobs, Winemaker Kale Anderson still looks as fresh-faced as a harvest intern. Yet he is one of the youngest winemakers ever to earn a perfect 100-point score from Robert Parker. The wine: a 2013 Cabernet made on his watch at Pahlmeyer. Eventually, Anderson’s passion for Rhône-style wines led him away from Cabernet to his own project. As a result, Kale Wines is focused on Rhône varieties from some of the top vineyards in Napa and Sonoma.
When Kale was growing up in Sonoma County, Kick Ranch was a Clydesdale pasture. During baseball games at Rincon Valley Little League Park, fetching a home run ball required a trip over the outfield fence and onto what is now Kick Ranch soil. Hence, more than two decades later, those ball-shagging trips are immortalized in the name of Kale’s Home Run Cuvée. And it’s right in the pocket for a guy batting 1.000.
Winemaker Kale Anderson
Winemaker Kale Anderson grew up in Sonoma County. While there, he was exposed to the wine industry by a community that encouraged creativity, love for the outdoors. And stewardship of the land. He attended the University of California, Davis intending to pursue medicine, as his father had. But instead found himself drawn to Davis’ Plant Biology program and then viticulture.
In 2001, Kale took his first harvest internship at J Winery, Russian River. So after graduating BS Viticulture and Enology, he worked at Colgin Cellars for Ann and Joe Wender. Then Terra Valentine Winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards in Stags Leap District and Pahlmeyer Winery.