When is having HEAT good for wine? Actually never, but for Incendium Wines it is FINE. Incendium is the Latin noun for “fire, wildfire, (heat of) passion”. This is true of Vincent Kalny’s wines as the owner and winemaker. Where did the name come from? Simple —Vincent has worked for Cal Fire out of the Napa Unit for 10 years. When you are on the front lines, feeling the heat, he turned that energy into his passion, winemaking. Through a unique opportunity in 2011, Vince ended up back in college educating himself in this captivating art form.
I met Vince some number of years ago and while his first release was good out of the gate, he tipped the scales drastically this year with major ratings and awards. Here are a few of them over the last quarter:
2014 Chardonnay-Carneros Napa Silver Medal, Jan 2016 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
2013 IW Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Gold Medal, Jan 2016 Winemaker Challenge Int’l Wine Comp.
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, Silver Medal, Jan 2016 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, Silver Medal, Jan 2016 Winemaker Challenge Int’l Comp.
Those awards for a winery putting out 50-100 cases of each varietal is SMOKING HOT!
They use a “custom crush” facility in Napa and Vince is there providing his direction diligently. His wife Deanna (one in the middle), handles the marketing and social media perspectives of the business.
One of the key items and why I personally was drawn to Incendium Wines, is with Vince’s support and concern for his “band of brothers” in that he provides a portion of the profit’s to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and contributes to local fund raising events. With last year’s recent fall fires in the Northern California portion of wine country, Vince has also contributed to those firefighters (some who are friends and co-workers of his) who were injured and lost their homes.
My favorite wine is his 2013 IW Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa. This is their flagship wine even from a small lot artisan producer! The color is a dark ruby and the aroma provides a balance between a powerful cherry and leather. The alcohol content is 14.4% and pH of 3.79, both combine to provide a very drinkable wine.
Bring a little heat and passion out next time you want a distinctive wine – Incendium Wines!
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