Friday, October 2, 2015

Sticky (6), Otis Kenyon is hot, hot, hot

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How many wineries are in California and Washington, the top two wine producing states in the USA? Somewhere around 4600. How do you get yours to stand out? You need something that helps your label to stick in people's memories!
Who was Otis Kenyon? A dentist. What did he do that was unusual and tends to be remembered? He burned down his competitor's dental office and got caught and was imprisoned. His wife never told his kids about him. But through a forerunner of, his kids found him.
Later when they opened a winery, they named the label after Otis. The label looks like it was burned on the bottom and they threw in some matches. Those things, plus being one of the best Malbecs I have ever tasted, ensure this label is going stick in this consumer's mind.

Tasting notes: September 28, 2015 Kathy and Stephen, Walla Walla, Otis Kenyon tasting room. 2012, 100% Malbec, 14.3% alcohol from Phinny Hill vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA, 198 cases produced. Dark, garnet meets ink color and depth. Right after opening, fruit first, could not distinguish, moderate, youthful aroma. First taste, off dry-medium sweet, crisp acidity, dry tannins, not strong, just enough to dry the tongue. Good balance between fruit, alcohol, tannins. Flavorful, tart cherry, oak, hint of caramel. Finish, 6 seconds on tongue before it starts to change, fruits drop out, tannins start to rule. We purchased a case, we would give it 3.5 on the Delong scale with every expectation of 4 something next time we open it. We paired with a vegetable broth, pasta, pork and garlic soup and it seemed to work. Conclusion, lay the case down till 2017 and pop a bottle with someone we love. 

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