Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll remember my prior review of the Smoky Hills Merlot, a wine produced from grapes grown outside of the state (We’re Not in Kansas Anymore). It’s no secret that I’m not a proponent of this practice and would prefer wineries source grapes from within the state. Be it a hybrid or even a fruit wine, I’d much rather pour a local wine. So when I received an email from Magdalena Rahn to revisit Kansas wines, I jumped at the opportunity.

Since 2005, the number of licensed wineries in Kansas has risen from 13 to 25. A renewed focus on quantity and quality, the state is proving there’s more to Kansas than fields of corn and magical red slippers. 2010 Jefferson Cup Winner, Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery, is helping to rebuild the once world-famous Midwest grape growing and wine industry.

Located just 20 miles south of the cultural hub of Kansas City, the family-owned winery began operations in 1998. With more than 8000 vines of 14 different varieties, Somerset Ridge is sure to offer a wine for every palate. Tonight I feature their meritage and port-style wine.

The 2009 Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery Ruby Red is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chancellor. Aged 18 months in Missouri American oak barrels, the fruit-forward blend displayed ripe red fruits on the nose. Cherry, raspberry and black licorice on the palate. A dry, medium-bodied wine that retails for $17. 1200 cases produced.

In the mood for dessert? Be sure to try the Somerset Ridge NV Ruby Port, a port-style wine fortified with brandy. Aged 2 years in neutral oak barrels, the Ruby Port retails for $19.99. Smooth, rich and delicious. 400 cases produced.

Curious to learn more about Kansas wine? Be sure to follow @WineKansas on twitter, a nonpartisan state committee representing the Kansas wine industry. Cheers!

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