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December 2015

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december 2015  /  the tasting panel  /  89 Henderson's Call of the On making wine, Pat Henderson says, "Wine is a combination of art, science and nature—art is like your intuition and style, science is about trying to get something right and nature is Mother Nature, capable of tossing you a wild card." If you ask Pat Henderson about Sauvignon Blanc from Northern California, he'll tell you that, for 35 years, it's been Kenwood Vineyards' most popular wine—that the grape's best quality is its remarkable ability to express its terroir. "The fruit character from the Alexander Valley tends to show more guava and tropical notes," says Henderson, "while in Dry Creek, where it's just a bit cooler, more grassy flavors emerge, and in the Russian River and Carneros we tend to see more passion fruit flavors." PERNOD RICARD WINEMAKERS' ACQUISITION OF KENWOOD VINEYARDS BRINGS A NEW LOOK AND THE INTRODUCTION OF THE "SIX RIDGES" SERIES by Jonathan Crialdi / photos by Alexander Rubin

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