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Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Herbal and perfumed on the nose with a nice undercurrent of bell pepper topped by floral note of Iris, a bit of vanilla cream, black earth, black cherry and black currant fruit. A bit rustic one entry, then quickly smoothing out and showing fine power behind the flavors of black cherry, subtle oak, earthy and dried herbs. The tannins are present but soft and the acid well integrated into this moderately large scaled wine. The fruit remains rather fresh and clear in the mouth, all black currant and black cherry driven with a bit of a mineral edge emerging on the long, plum and earth tinged finish. This could use some time in the cellar 2-3 years to help further integrate the tannins but it's drinking pretty well already and will only get better. 89pts

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Kenwood Vineyards:
Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards is dedicated to producing premium wines truly representative of Sonoma County’s world-class vineyards. Kenwood Vineyards was established in 1970 in the former Pagani Brothers Winery, a historic cellar dating back to 1906. Thoroughly refurbished and modernized, the facility now boasts more than 125 stainless steel fermenting tanks... Read more
Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards is dedicated to producing premium wines truly representative of Sonoma County’s world-class vineyards. Kenwood Vineyards was established in 1970 in the former Pagani Brothers Winery, a historic cellar dating back to 1906. Thoroughly refurbished and modernized, the facility now boasts more than 125 stainless steel fermenting tanks and large oak uprights, and 20,000 small French and American oak barrels, all devoted to Kenwood Vineyards’ “small lot” style of winemaking. In addition to the 22-acre vineyard surrounding the winery, Kenwood Vineyards sources grapes from dozens of vineyards – many farmed sustainably, using natural soil amendments and pest controls whenever possible rather than chemicals - in Sonoma County’s best appellations, including Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain. Each lot from each vineyard is kept separate throughout the winemaking process, enabling the winemaker to bring it to its fullest potential. This “small lot” or “cuvee” style of winemaking also enables the winemaker to draw on an exceptionally broad “palette” to assemble wines that showcase classic character, subtle complexity and superb balance. As a result, every Kenwood Vineyards wine – whether Table Wine Series, Sonoma Series, Reserve, Jack London Vineyard or Artist Series – is consistent in quality and consistently delicious. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 01/13/2014

Herbal and perfumed on the nose with a nice undercurrent of bell pepper topped by floral note of Iris, a bit of vanilla cream, black earth, black cherry and black currant fruit. A bit rustic one entry, then quickly smoothing out and showing fine power behind the flavors of black cherry, subtle oak, earthy and dried herbs. The tannins are present but soft and the acid well integrated into this moderately large scaled wine. The fruit remains rather fresh and clear in the mouth, all black currant and black cherry driven with a bit of a mineral edge emerging on the long, plum and earth tinged finish. This could use some time in the cellar 2-3 years to help further integrate the tannins but it's drinking pretty well already and will only get better. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 01/06/2014

Deep with fennel seed, macerated herb, and a touch of paprika on the nose layered over a base of dark plummy fruit and topped with a touch of vanilla and caramel. Round and juicy in the mouth with rich black fruit supported by bright acids and somewhat drying tannins. This is a touch rustic in the mouth, but easy to appreciate with it bright fruit and obvious, edgy structure. vanilla and herbs frame the backend and leads to a modest finish. A good bet for big beef ribs. 87pts


Member Reviews for Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.40 5
Vintage: 2010 01/06/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 01/13/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Kimma B
1377952118
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/11/2014

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: lyd753
58886132
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 09/30/2010

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/20/2010

Nose of stewed plums. - Tasted at Total Wine & More 3/20/10


Snooth User: BobbyC10
29161585
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/16/2010

Wonderful


Snooth User: sommeliersuzanne
10278449
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 12/14/2010

The 2006 Kenwood Jack London Cab is surprisingly elegant. Dare I say reserved, even? With nearly 5 years of bottle age, it is drinking beautifully right now and has benefited from the passage of time. For a CA Cab, it is reserved. Dark aromas and flavors seduce you....hints of smoke, cigar box, and a remarkable amount of chocolate on the finish. Full-bodied with black fruits predominating: black cherry, blackberry. Some baking spices add to the complexity: cinnamon & cardamom. There's serious dark earth in this, both on the nose and the palate. This is a brooding wine in the best sense of that term. It drinks like a significantly higher-end Cab, and is a real achievement on the part of Kenwood. I've got to give credit where credit is due. Well done, Kenwood!


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External Reviews for Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Vintage: 2011 01/27/2015

The label is iconic; author Jack London lived in Sonoma County and his ranch is now owned by the California Parks Department. But the lava-terraced Jack London Vineyard on the ranch is farmed by Kenwood Vineyards and has been for three decades. Located on Sonoma Mountain with a southeastern exposure, this vineyard is above the fog level and gets early morning sun followed by late afternoon breezes that temper the day's most extreme heat. The result of this exceptional terroir is grapes of great distinction that make wines with superb flavor and deep, rich color as you will see in this superb Merlot. This wine received 94 points, a Platinum Medal in the Critics Challenge Wine Competition. They said "Dense, mineraly. Polished and long. Savory and ripe simultaneously. This is excellent Merlot, showing the complexity the grape can achieve."


External Review
Vintage: 2010 08/16/2013

Flavorful aromas of plum and fig combine with delicate hints of sage and pipe tobacco. A full bodied wine with structured tannins and an excellent finish. - WineryComposition:98% Merlot2% Cabernet SauvignonAppellation: Sonoma MountainAging: 21 months in French and American oak barrelsAlcohol: 13.5%Acid: 6.8pH: 3.58


External Review
Vintage: 2010 07/06/2014

There are lots of rich blackberry, currant and toasty oak flavors in this dry, full-bodied Cabernet. This bottling from Kenwood hasn’t always lived up to its potential, but the 2010 is a welcome return to the wine’s historic norm.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 07/06/2014

Kenwood produced the first Jack London Cabernet in 1976 from a site originally planted in 1860; it had been terraced and expanded by writer Jack London, who purchased the land in the early 20th century, the vines reestablished by his descendant, Milo Shepherd, in the 1970s. The 2010s from this vineyard — including the zin and the merlot — are exceptional, with this cabernet putting on the finest performance in years. It has the scent of roses and the bright red fruit of wild berries, with equal freshness in the tannins that seem to hold the wine’s potential energy in store. Plump and harmonious, layered with tannic spice, this is a wine to decant now with grilled lamb chops or cellar; at the price, it’s well worth investing in a case.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2010 10/15/2009

90 points - Wine Enthusiast Ripe and complex with aromas of red currents, figs and dried cherries with a hint of spice; a full-bodied wine with a rich mouth feel, elegant tannins and an excellent finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 08/16/2013

Delicious aromas of cherry, plum, and fig combine with delicate hints of sage and licorice. A full bodied wine with structured tannins and an excellent finish. - WineryComposition:97% Merlot3% Cabernet SauvignonAging: 22 months in French and American oak barrelsAcid/pH: 5.9/3.62Alcohol: 13.5% ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/18/2013

Rich, full-bodied mouth-feel with the aromatic notes of tabacco and dried sage. Flavors of vanilla and ripe plum, with an elegant, lingering finish.


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