The Tasting Panel magazine

September 2014

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82  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2014 Mendocino Established as Kimwood Ranch in 1963, the Kimmel Vineyards property is approximately 1,100 acres with 37 acres of vineyards at an elevation of about 1,000 feet. The first Chardonnay vines were planted in 1986. The Merlot vineyard—all hillside fruit—was planted in 1997. KIMMEL VINEYARDS Has an Ideal Setting in Potter Valley and the Wines Make a Lasting Impression This old Ford tractor, which originally moved irrigation pipes in the pastures, remains a focal point on the Kimwood Ranch in Mendocino's Potter Valley. Pictured here is 89-year-old matriarch Lillian "Nana" Kimmel with her sons Jim (left) and Gary.

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