J. Wilkes 2017 Red Blend
Featured in our Gold Wine of the Month Club
- Kent's Red
- Paso Robles AVA
- Special Selection — Gold Medal Wine Club
- Paso Robles Highlands District, Central Coast
- 90% Barbera, 10% Lagrein
- in oak
- Cases Produced
The J. Wilkes 2017 “Kent’s Red” is a blend of 90% Barbera and 10% Lagrein from the renowned Paso Robles Highlands District on California’s Central Coast. This District, which is the most southeast sub appellation within the Paso Robles AVA, is an absolutely fantastic place to grow wine grapes, partly due to its average 55 degree temperature swing from day to night (the highest diurnal temperature swing in the United States!), and also in part to its combination of sandy and clay soils that promote very vigorous vines.
The high temperature swing, by the way, slows the ripening rate of the fruit on the vine and allows flavors to develop, which is especially important when crafting bold, complex red blends like the J. Wilkes 2017 “Kent’s Red.” This wine opens with incredibly seductive aromas of blackberry, huckleberry, and freshly berry pie. The palate is dry, but very fruity with dark berry flavors and just the right balance of bright, deep, and elegant nuances. Suggested food pairings for the J. Wilkes 2017 “Kent’s Red” include barbecued steak, pork, or beef stew.