Kirk Venge continues the family legacy with his Venge Vineyards Scouts Honor Napa Valley Red Wine

For almost a century, the Venge family has been an integral part of the California wine landscape beginning with the immigration of Knud Venge from Denmark.  Four generations later, Kirk Venge continues the family legacy, which his dad, Nils Venge, so firmly established as an icon within the Napa Valley wine community.

Nils Venge is one of the most colorful characters in Napa Valley.  He may be best known as the master winemaker throughout the 1980s responsible for the prestigious Groth wines, becoming the first American to make a wine that received a perfect 100 point score from Robert Parker with the 1985 Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon!

Nils continues to be one of the busiest winemakers in the business today, he is also winemaker for many prized boutique wineries such as Robert Keenan Winery, Del Dotto, Tudal, Moss Creek, and the much sought-after PlumpJack, not to mention his own label, Saddleback Cellars.

In 2008, Nils handed over Venge Vineyards to his son Kirk Venge, a well-respected UC Davis-trained viticulturist who grew up among the vines under his father’s watchful eye at some of Napa’s premier wineries.  Kirk has since established himself as a talented and skillful winemaker in his own right making wines for such top Napa Valley wineries as Igneous, Beau Vigne and B-Cellars.

Scouts Honor Napa Valley Red WineThe Venge Scout’s Honor is Kirk’s award-winning blend of 55% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, 14% Charbono and 9% Syrah — all from 30 to 60 year-old vines.

This 2009 has LOADS of amazingly complex and intense fruit.  It’s just massive!  Deep and concentrated black cherry, briary raspberry, cinnamon, clove, pepper, spice, smoky dark chocolate and dried blueberry.

It’s lush and creamy and just totally sexy and self-indulgent.

The 2009 vintage was almost perfect throughout Napa Valley, with a summer of mild, steady weather, so fruit was picked at the optimal ripening levels.

The Scout’s Honor is Venge’s fastest-selling wine every year, so it will only be around for a very limited time.  ($38)

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