Kelby James Russell Wines Offers Two New Releases

Building on the popularity of  the KJR 2014 Dry Rosé, Kelby Russell announces the release of two new wines.

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Kelby Russel, winemaker

Kelby James Russell Wines first began as a casual brainstorm at Red Newt Cellars, where owner and winemaker David Whiting suggested that a separate wine project might be an important creative outlet for Kelby. With a diverse selection of vineyards and wine styles, the label promises to bring something new to the wine world; ‘off-beat’ wines both in reference to their musical inspiration as well as their individual spirit.

2013 Riesling

  • The 2013 Kelby James Russell Riesling was inspired by the style of one of the world’s great and overlooked Riesling producing countries, Australia.   Made with 100% Riesling from the Tango Oaks Vineyard in Seneca Lake’s Banana Belt region, it is a Finger Lakes twist on an age-worthy style.Following an even growing season and dry autumn, the Riesling was picked the morning of October 24th, 2013.  Following pressing and settling, the juice was fermented at a cool temperature using a staged addition of two different yeasts to enhance its crispness.Bone dry with an intense aromatic profile of lilac and lime, this wine was bottled under screwcap in July of 2014 and has been allowed to mature for a year in bottle prior to release.  Please enjoy this wine with a song as beautifully jagged as I hope you find this Riesling: “Maggot Brain” by Funkadelic.
  • Vineyard: Tango Oaks Vineyard; Southeast Side, Seneca Lake
  • Harvest: October 24th, 2013; 20.1 Brix
  • Vinification:
    • 14 day Fermentation with VIN13 and QA23 yeasts.
    • Aged in Stainless Steel tank for 9 months.
  • Bottling:
    • July 9th, 2014
    • Residual Sugar: 0.2%
    • TA: 7.0g/L
    • pH: 2.95
    • Alcohol: 11.0%
    • 124 Cases Produced
  • UPC: 706057102581

2013 Cabernet Franc:

  • The 2013 Kelby James Russell Cabernet Franc was made to be an unabashed, stainless steel-aged, dry red wine from its light color to its refreshing finish.   Made with 100% Cabernet Franc from the Nutt Road Vineyard at Anthony Road Wine Company, this wine was bottled in July of 2014 and has had a year in bottle prior to release for maturation.Following an even growing season and dry autumn, the Cabernet Franc was picked the morning of October 19th, 2013.  The grapes were destemmed and then cold soaked for three days prior to the onset of fermentation.  Pressed off after alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in stainless steel and neutral oak barrels for 8 months.This delicately colored red wine explodes on the nose and palate with aromas of raspberries, sour cherry, and wet rocks.  Please enjoy this wine with a song that feels as good as I hope you find this Cabernet Franc: “We Were Rock & Roll” by Janelle Monáe.
  • Vineyard: Nutt Road Vineyard at Anthony Road Wine Company; West Side, Seneca Lake
  • Harvest: October 19th, 2013; 21.2 Brix
  • Vinification:
    • 72 Hour Cold Soak.
    • 14 day Fermentation with 3001 yeast.
    • Aged in Stainless Steel and Neutral Oak Barrels for 9 months.
  • Bottling:
    • July 31st, 2014
    • Residual Sugar: 0.1%
    • TA: 6.0g/L
    • pH: 3.4
    • Alcohol: 12.0%
    • 142 Cases Produced
  • UPC: 706057102598

 

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