Mark Aselstine
February 11, 2013 | Mark Aselstine

Kinero Cellars 2011 Brouhaha

As part of our Wine Exploration Wine Club:

About Anthony Yount and Kinero.  Anthony is starting to feel like an old friend in the wine industry and certainly among the first appointments I would make as a consumer when I traveled to Paso Robles.

This wine is labeled and sold under our old friend Anthony Yount’s Kinero Cellars brand, but is actually a joint project with another young winemaker, Amy Butler of Ranchero Cellars.  The wine is a Pinot Gris, but they don’t label it as such because they make it in a Vinho Verde style.  That’s winemaker speak for being as light and fresh of a white wine as you can find anywhere and can even remind some consumers of a sparkling wine at times. Vinho Verde is an area in Portugal that kept lighter styled red wines in the country afloat for about a hundred years before consumers tastes started to evolve again.  Given Paso Robles (where these two winemakers are located) helped to save the Rhone varietals in California-making a wine from this area of Portugal is their way to pay homage to another wine region willing to take chances. Lastly, we can’t help but say congrats to Anthony-he was featured as one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s top 5 winemakers to watch in 2013!

Oh, you'll probably see something from Miss Butler in the next few months as well.

Tasting Notes: Much more Oregon in style than Paso-which shows the winemaking technique at play.  A strong prototypical Pinot Gris nose of green fruit settles into a comfortable acidity.  We enjoyed it with a summer salad on a warmer than normal Saturday evening. If you have friends who only tend to drink Chardonnay, this is a nice entry into other white wine’s and it won’t scare them off with bracing acidity or a flavor profile which is completely unfamiliar.


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