Kenwood Merlot Massara Vineyard 2004
The Art The 2004 vintage marks the 30th release of Kenwood Vineyards’ Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon. Artist Shepard Fairey began crafting his approach while he was still a student at The Rhode Island School of Design. Fairey believes that art is not only intended for museums and galleries, but should also be an integral part of the visual landscape. His work exemplifies bold, graphic media that stands out amid the urban clutter, beautifying the environment while stimulating the public to think critically. He is one of today’s best-known and most influential street artists. The “Peace Woman” is a symbolic representation of the peaceful, nurturing side of humanity. Fairey feels that the female trait of empathy should be embraced to maintain a balanced society. The Wine This silky Cabernet Sauvignon is an extravagant wine of great depth and concentration exhibiting complex aromas of black currants, tea leaves and dark chocolate. It is blended with a small percentage of Malbec, adding a distinctly rich and ripe flavor that is followed by spicy and aromatic notes. The wine is approachable when young; however its excellent structure characterized by its full-bodied tannins will allow it to improve for many years. Composition: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec Aging: 30 months in 88% French Oak and 12% American Oak barrels Appellation: Sonoma County - 79% Sonoma Valley, 21% Dry Creek Valley Alcohol: 15.5% http://www.kenwoodvineyards.com
Vegetal first aromas, hot & tobaccoey leads to vanilla oak & tar in the mouth that over-power the burnt and dark berry fruit. Very woody finish. Very pricey and little value at $56
Here are my notes from a blind tasting that I attended last week. Dark Cherry, a nose of Iron, with zesty spice, and OK fruit. Kind of hot, slightly diluted, with OK tannins on the finish. With our session of industry folk, out of the several people who blind tasted this wine, I believe 90% of the participants rated this wine well below the wines that were under $15 during our California cabernet tasting. I didn't like this wine much. Later, when this wine was revealed, and its price tag, I felt sick. With this lackluster 2004 effort, in an otherwise good vinatge, Kenwood beckoned upon commercial designer Shepard Fairey, for their 30th anniversary label. It's Ironic, since Fairey wants to produce product for the masses. This wine seems like such an item, but the price tag does not reflect that notion. I wouldn't buy this bottle, even if it was priced at $20. Further more, if Shepard Fairey wants to lend his name and designs for such a poor product, it seems fitting.
There was just a little something about this that turned me off it. It wasn't bad, but I didn't think it was great either. It was just... boring. Purchased for $4.99 at Grocery Outlet (train derailment). Damn! I bought this twice. Shame. Still boring the second time around.
Deep red color. Medium to Full bodied. Notes of Berries and plums.
Wife bought this as a gift and really like it. Went well with steak.
Really beautiful bottle, and really well-structured, smooth Cabernet. Good to drink now but I think i'll save this for a few years at least...
First of all, Kenwood Yulupa doesn't sell in grocery stores. Also, Kenwood Yulupa doesn't contain cab franc. Stop trying to pose...recognize. By your picture, I can tell that you are a little older. When did you buy it...1936?
External Reviews for Kenwood Merlot Massara Vineyard
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.
93 Points - Wine Spectator Rich and spicy, intense and concentrated, with full-bodied currant, cedar, blackberry and black licorice fruit that's impeccably balanced and well-structured, offering fir
93 Points - Wine Spectator "Rich and spicy, intense and concentrated, with full-bodied currant, cedar, blackberry and black licorice fruit that's impeccably balanced and well-structured, offering firm tannins and vibrant acidity. Excellent length. Drink now through 2015."92 Points - Wine Enthusiast "With this wine, Kenwood is seriously poaching on Napa Valley cult Cab territory. Shows powerful, intense chocolate, blackberry pie filling and smoky new oak flavors wrapped into soft but complex tannins. Yes, the alcohol is high, but the wine is dry and frankly delicious."
Rich and spicy, intense and concentrated, with full-bodied currant, cedar, blackberry and black licorice fruit that's impeccably balanced and well-structured, offering firm tannins and vibrant acidity. Excellent length. Drink now through 2015. 2,146 ... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2004 Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Artist's Series 750ml
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Notes: 30 months in 88% French Oak and 12% American Oak barrels