Kenwood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Jack London Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2010
Editorial Reviews for Kenwood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Jack London Vineyard Sonoma Valley
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
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
External Reviews for Kenwood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Jack London Vineyard Sonoma Valley
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.
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
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.
Food Pairings for Kenwood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Jack London Vineyard Sonoma Valley
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.
Dietary Information: Vegan
24827 six-bottle cases produced.
Notes: 70% in French Oak & 30% in American Oak Barrels
|Alcohol: 14.5%||pH: 3.55|
|Total Acidity: 6.5 grams per liter|