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Korbin Kameron Vineyards - Mt. Veeder - Sonoma

96 Points, Wine Review Online - 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast and more

There are several aspects of Korbin Kameron Vineyards that separate the stylish young winery operation from many of its competitors. While these facets might seem minimal to the casual observer, they are important to note when considering the winery’s brief history.

First of all, Korbin Kameron’s vineyards are located at an altitude of around 2,300 feet, among the highest elevations in Northern California. Located on a ridgeline at the top of Mt. Veeder, the vineyards are located mostly in Sonoma County, but with a portion on the Napa Valley side. At this altitude, the vines work hard to produce intense fruit with magnificent varietal flavors. They are forced to work as hard as possible and only produce small quantities of fruit.

Secondly, Korbin Kameron Vineyards is owned by the Mitchell Ming Family, of Hong Kong/Chinese descent. It is one of but a couple of wineries owned by Chinese-Americans. The account of how this emerging winery came into existence is a wonderful story that bears telling.

Mitchell Ming, 55, and his wife Jenny, came to California while in their teens. They immediately fell in love with Northern California and in particular, Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Their actual business centered on the fashion industry, but their love for wine finally caused them to seek out property and plant some vineyards.

In 1999, Mitchell Ming happened across a large (180-acre) parcel in Sonoma atop Mt. Veeder, which, at times, was actually in the clouds. He fell in love with the spot and purchased the property. In 2000, the first twenty acres were cleared and vineyards started. Along the way, Ming enlisted the help of Javier Renteria, a vineyard specialist whose forte was high altitude plantings. After careful planning and a great deal of work, the vineyards began producing extremely high quality fruit.

In 2008, the first release of 800 cases of the new Korbin Kameron Vineyards took place. Ming’s twin children, Korbin and Kameron, supplied the names for the winery. Korbin, now 26, also serves as the entity’s general manager. “We do everything around here together,” he explained. “We are definitely a hands-on operation, and we believe that our being involved gives our wines their identity. The wine industry is all about passion, and we are certainly passionate about our products.” At Korbin Kameron Vineyards, the emphasis is on Bordeaux varietals, the types of wines for which Mitchell Ming first developed a taste. When it came time to select the varietals he wished to plant, Ming simply chose the ones that produced his favorite wines.

“He launched the Korbin Kameron label just after I graduated from college,” Korbin Ming added. “I had majored in hospitality at Boston University, a business that is not far removed from the wine industry.

“I started taking some classes in wines and winemaking in order to bond with my father and I soon discovered that I had much of the same passion he shares for wines. The timing was a bit difficult, but we have been steadily increasing our sales to this point.” Korbin Kameron Vineyards’ label has a modernistic theme that is intended to reflect the quality of the wine Ming explained further. “It is all part of the wine experience that should prove pleasurable to everyone involved,” he again added. The final part of the Korbin Kameron wine team is winemaker Bob Pepi of the iconic Napa Valley winemaking family. Pepi brings a world of expertise to the fledgling operation.

“Everyone involved here, from my father to Javier and Bob, and including myself,” Korbin Ming finalized, “we all share a great fervor for our wines and the quality we have been able to achieve. If we continue our success, our future looks quite bright.”

Korbin Kameron Vineyards’ ‘future’ includes a five-year plan that will produce a winery on part of their Mt. Veeder property. It has all been carefully thought out as are most Chinese business plans. Whenever the conditions are right and the most favorable circumstances exist, then construction will immediately begin according to Korbin Ming.

The property contains a number of outstanding and unique views of both valleys and is likely to become a ‘don’t miss’ destination once the building project is completed. Until that time, the Ming Family will continue its efforts to produce exceptional quality wines that continue to win accolades and high marks for their efforts.

It is a great pleasure to be able to bring theses fine wines to your attention through our Platinum Series monthly Wine Club.

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    2006 Proprietary Red Blend
    Korbin Kameron


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