This past week, I attended Rhone Rangers at the Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. As I made my way through the winery booths, I stopped to taste at Kale Wines out of Napa; a winery that was totally new to me. Kale Wines is the personal project of winemaker Kale Anderson, Director of Winemaking for Pahlmeyer. The small production winery features well-made, terroir-driven wines. I tried their 2013 Napa Valley Rosé and their 2010 Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah. Both wines are outstanding and ended up being among the best wines at the event.
Kale Wines 2013 Napa Valley Rosé
Bright, red fruit abounds in this crisp, refreshing wine. There are also tastes of white pepper and hints of citrus. The lengthy finish allows nuances of minerals to shine through. A seriously good Rosé! ($22)
Kale Wines 2010 Adler Springs Vineyard Spirit Rock Syrah
This cool climate, Mendocino County Syrah is outstanding. Soft notes of blackberries and blueberries are coupled with earthy undertones. At second sip, I noticed a subtle spiciness. Great flavors yet restrained and elegant. With bright acidity, this wine should improve a bit with a couple of years. ($45)