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Kenwood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Jack London Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2010

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For more than three decades, Kenwood Vineyards has been sole producer of the distinctive wines from the vineyards of Jack London's historic ranch.

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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 Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Jack London Vineyard Sonoma Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,833
3.50 5
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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,833
4.00 5
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


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,833
4.50 5
01/13/2014

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Kenwood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Jack London Vineyard Sonoma Valley

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
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
Source: We Speak Wine
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
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
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
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
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: We Speak Wine
12/24/2014

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. - Winery Composition: 98% Merlot 2% Cabernet Sauvignon Appellation: Sonoma Mountain Aging: 21 months in French and American oak barrels Alcohol: 13.5% Acid: 6.8 pH: 3.58



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Tasting Notes:

Fruit aromas of boysenberry and fig combine with aromatic notes of cigar box, mint and a touch of vanilla. The wine has a rich, full-bodied mouthfeel with an excellent finish.

For more than three decades, Kenwood Vineyards has been sole producer of the distinctive wines from the vineyards of Jack London's historic ranch.

Dietary Information: Vegan

24827 six-bottle cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 70% in French Oak & 30% in American Oak Barrels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.55
Total Acidity: 6.5 grams per liter

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