A brief history
Kenzo Estate Wines
Representing purity and innocence in Japanese, muku is absolute euphoria in a bottle. Each year, muku is comprised of carefully selected one-acre blocks of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon which make their home at 1,400 feet in rocky, volcanic soils. The elevation and earth produce an intensely perfumed and concentrated juice. The delicate fruit is nurtured for an extra month on vine until golden brown, hand-harvested, and gently pressed to extract an almost syrup-like juice. In the cellar, the grapes are cold fermented to allow a slow sugar to alcohol conversion which is designed to preserve the muku’s heavenly bouquet. Fermentation ends at about 10 degrees brix to achieve the perfect marriage between sugar, acid and alcohol. Bursting with candied apricot, guava and peach, and hints of crisp minerality, this wine pairs perfectly with a cheese course, fruit galette, or simply on its own. Enjoy now, and enjoy often.
Bonds of Friendship – yui represents "unity" in Japanese, and here it is evocative of the strong bond among the teams who passionately care for the vineyards and artfully craft our wines. Unity and harmony are also in play as our rosé, yui, is artfully blended by winemaker Heidi Barrett from carefully selected vineyard blocks of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, in a crisp, dry style with a silky finish. Celebrating its 10th vintage with this 2020 release, this is an opulent rosé wine with delicate proportions.
Wonderful citrus aromatics define the 2016 asatsuyu’s characteristics. Intertwined with notes of vanilla and guava nectar and peach preserves, asatsuyu is an aromatic marvel that greets you long before first swirl. Complementing this aromatic anomaly is a broad and sumptuous palate, framed by a lingering mouth-watering acidity. Drink now and drink chilled.
murasaki, meaning ‘purple’ in Japanese, also appropriately signifies the color of royalty. Utamaro, a renowned Ukiyoe painter in the Edo era, used colorful and elegant purples in his woodblock prints. This wine appropriately follows suit with its beautiful purple hue and expressive, delicate essence. murasaki is Kenzo Estate’s homage to the Merlot-influenced blends of Bordeaux’s famed Right Bank producers, where the wines are smooth, supple and elegant. Our winemaking team carefully selects the finest lots of Merlot to serve as the foundation for this limited production offering. The 2014 murasaki is brimming with seductive aromatics ranging from blueberry cobbler, to brioche, to cigar box. Flavors of dark fruit with a mineral backbone are tempered by soft Merlot tannins that grip ever so slightly. Enjoy this brilliant offering both now and as it continues to flourish in the bottle for years to come.