Kathryn Kennedy Red Bordeaux Blend California Lateral 2009

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Loved it. Silky, satiny, lush mouth feel. Had first tasted the Kathryn Kennedy 1998 Lateral and thought I died and went to heaven. The 2007 is d... Read more

A spectacular blend. When a blend is done really well, it's much more complex, tasty, and interesting than the relatively one-dimensional varietals... Read more

Wine Spectator: "...well-structured, with fresh earth, currant and vanilla notes and strong herbal and cedar flavors. Read more

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Snooth User: Shelley Buhl
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/11/2013

Loved it. Silky, satiny, lush mouth feel. Had first tasted the Kathryn Kennedy 1998 Lateral and thought I died and went to heaven. The 2007 is drinkable now and will withstand several years cellaring. Must say this is one of my favorites. Difficult to find on the East Coast.


Snooth User: carolynblakeslee
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/11/2011

A spectacular blend. When a blend is done really well, it's much more complex, tasty, and interesting than the relatively one-dimensional varietals -- and this one's done really well.


Snooth User: jternes
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 08/13/2009

Wine Spectator: "...well-structured, with fresh earth, currant and vanilla notes and strong herbal and cedar flavors.


Snooth User: katchen
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 08/11/2009

cedar, berries, nice finish, great with lamb


Snooth User: joshwoodward
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2003 05/15/2009

Lightish body, tannic+, acidic. Bordeaux-y. Food.


Snooth User: joshwoodward
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 05/15/2009

Medicinal nose with light pencil lead. Balanced tannins and acidity. Overall balanced. A little simple. Orange.


Snooth User: LkBwitched
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2002 05/04/2008

It's the only release party that I think is worth going to. We drink up Lateral like there is no tomorrow. We get it at The Grapevine in San Jose.


External Reviews for Kathryn Kennedy Red Bordeaux Blend California Lateral

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Vintage: 2003 10/16/2008

This blend of 47% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petite Verdot, honors its right bank St. Emilion roots, being mostly Merlot, but it straddles both sides of the primordial river in every sense of the word. Marty Mathis, winemaker, created the Lateral brand in 1988 (gosh, that’s almost two decades ago!!) to reach a different audience that could deal with blends. Thank goodness he’s still at it. And thank all you serious students for continuing to delight in these most intriguing wines.A layered, engaging and constantly unfolding Bordeaux blend, this 2003 Lateral is a beautiful shade of church velvet purple (the kind of pillows the priests sit on). It establishes a regal, ceremonial feel. Thank goodness it’s not incense in the nose, but instead, cherries, dark-ripe plum and distinctive Belgian chocolate. Get ready, because the play has just begun. Suddenly, you’re drinking a meaty plum tart with cedar, pepper, herbs and fabulous high notes of raspberry liqueur. Wow, even a hint of fine cognac. This wine is so elegant and sophisticated, I went upstairs to my closet to fetch a hat. Considered gloves, but I hate spilling wine on white suede. You can easily be seduced by this wine, and then, more easily lost in its complexity and charm. It reeks of the proper butler’s pantry: cigars, sherry, cognac, cedar closet and glove leather – wait, wait, do I smell <i>Eau de Rolls Royce</i>? This wine most certainly could be that fragrance. Most wonderfully, much of it translates to the palate in the form of a smooth, sleek and fabulously Greta Garbo-like elixir. It is as smooth and lovely as her hair, but still wears the hat and the gloves, never giving up one ounce of sophistication. And that’s the whole idea. This is a wine you can drink in confidence – with or without – all your totally snooty friends.


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