Sonoma Valley AVA
How does a skateboarder-turned-winemaker come to be a breakout talent in the California wine scene while working out of an industrial warehouse complex without owning any domaine or vineyard? And how does he come to name one of his many winery projects Hobo Wine Company? Honestly, not the strangest stuff we've heard in wine land. And these questions are key to understanding Kenny Likitprakong the person and winemaker.
Fast forward to 1998, after many years of travelling Europe and South America, Kenny ends up in Sonoma where he grew up. In 2002, he creates his first wine company, Hobo, as an homage to his nomadic travels despite objections from many in his life, including his father. In fact, he still hears lots of those objections today but Kenny has always felt it's the right fit and so they've stayed the course.
While Kenny doesn't own any vineyards for Hobo, he exclusively sources organic and biodynamic grapes from growers in the region farming 200 acres of vines and practices low-intervention winemaking at his warehouse cum experimental winery.
This delicious, entry-level Cabernet spends 6 months in neutral French oak producing a wild and tasty bouquet of crunchy red fruits, subtle oak, slight herbaceousness and great freshness. This is kind of like if Pinot Noir were Cabernet, y'know? A stellar entry into the world of overpriced, overproduced Cali Cab and leaves us with the type of chill, laid-back vibes that we love about small production wines.