Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series 2009
Kenwood has prided itself on its highly acclaimed, consistent gold medal winning Sonoma Zinfandel since it was first produced in 1970. The zest and zing of this varietal make it one of our winemaker’s favorites. Our Sonoma County Zinfandel is blended from vineyards located in Sonoma County’s best known Zinfandel appellations; Sonoma, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys. A portion of the blend comes from old vine vineyards that have been producing excellent grapes since the 1940’s. The 2009 vintage had a light crop that ripened gently over a mild summer and fall. It was picked in September and October as the individual vineyards reached their peak of ripeness and flavor. Each lot of grapes was fermented and aged separately in French & American oak barrels for 19 months. After aging, the wines were removed from barrels and blended for taste and balance just prior to bottling in August of 2011. A small amount of Petite Sirah from the Sonoma Valley was blended into the wine just before bottling to add additional complexity and backbone.
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Editorial Reviews for Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series
Tight and slightly leafy on the nose with hints of black tea and tobacco layered over sweet edged black cherry and currant fruit. This shows attractive complexity already. Broad, supple and very well balanced in the mouth with an attractive transparent texture and rather [ure and bright black currant and mulberry flavors supported by well judged oak and some lovely tea and dried herb acetns. There’s some pencil lead that emerges on the backend where the wine shows more red cherry, sour cherry fruit before fading gently on the cedar and vanilla laced finish. Easy to drink but not facile, this will drink well early. 92pts
Jammy and plummy with a nice black currant and Zinberry character on the nose, framed with light charred cedar oak aromas. Light-bodied and fresh in the mouth with a nice cherry tone. This is dry and firm, a smaller wine that sweetens slightly on the back end but remains well balanced and rather subdued right through the modest finish. A smaller scaled table wine that has not succumbed to the “more sweet fruit is better” meme. 85pts
Four and a half glasses
Medium weight purple color in the glass. Some volatiles on the nose. Nice on the tongue. Medium weght, not a whole lot of fruit. A bit of a minty overtone. No tannin at all. Very pleasant, brief finish. Love the price--US$6.03 at Winco.
Dry, well balanced and slightly unremarkable in many ways, but perfectly delicious and great for just about any occasion. This is more Old World than New World, and quite the bargain to boot. It’s a light and fresh wine so don’t overpower it with big, smoky and sweet flavors, instead go for something with simple, clean flavors. Gently grilled pork chops marinated in mustard, white wine and sage are always delicious and would be the perfect yin to this wine’s yang.
Food Pairings for Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series
This classic, well-balanced Merlot combines elegant structure with loads of fruit. Fruity aromas of raspberry and plum join with aromatic notes of spice, dark chocolate, and French oak. On the palate, it is a well-balanced wine with supple tannins and a lingering finish.
20748 cases produced.
|Total Acidity: 6.5 grams per liter|
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