The 1999 harvest season shaped up to be the latest on record and most definitely one of the very finest Cabernet vintages in our winery's quarter century history.
The season really tested my skills in making picking decisions. Due to extremely cool summer weather followed by two weeks of dry blazing heat during October, the vines presented a wide range of maturing combined with some stressed vines showing cluster dehydration. Our normal eleven vineyard blocks were further subdivided and an unprecedented degree of care was used by picking at different times for selective sub blocks, some as small as 10 vines. That measure combined with a long warm and dry Indian summer lasting until Nov. 7th., has allowed a Cabernet of monumental scale and ripeness. The crop size was slightly above average, with over 800 cases produced. "Our 1999 Cabernet will be worthy to hold the distinction as our last "vintage of the century".
The Kathryn Kennedy estate vineyard is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines cover gentle slopes in Saratoga, California on the inland side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Eight acres of vines were planted on their own roots by Kathryn in 1973. Excellent soil, a climate possessing just the right amount of marine influence, and personal attention combine to yield outstanding grapes. Each vintage is grown by hand and vinified in small lots followed by gentle barrel aging with 90% French oak. The result is big, full-flavored wine with deep color and a decade or more of aging potential.