Winemaker Mark Herold comments, "The heat of May and June reduced the berry size of Cabernet Sauvignon and the ratio of skin thickness to juice was increased, therefore it was not suprising to see what has become a hallmark of the 2001 harvest- wines with terrific extraction of immense color and great intensity of flavor. The aromas of the 2001 Kamen Cabernet are very expressive with big complex, dark, juicy black fruits of blackberries,black raspberries and plums interlaced with notes of violets, minerals and hints of coffee, spice and toasty oak.
The mouth filling entry has enticing, luscious flavors and silky tannins. On the palate, the wine is intense with concentrated, full, ripe black fruit and hints of violets, cinnamon and roses. The wine is seamless and concentrated with a balanced tannic structure that is satisfying from start to finish."
We met Robert Kamen at a wine tasting here in Ohio, and weren't sure what we were getting into. But five years later, we opened his bottle along with a 2003 Chateua Montelena and a 1992 Grgich Hills. All Cabernet Sauvignon. We all agree, that the Kamen wins! It is fuller, with more body -- not yet as smooth in some aspects as the Grgich, but richer -- definitely more full bodied. I would recommend this wine to everyone who likes a full but smooth tasting Cab Sav.