Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Date Printed: 7/26/2014
Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
(search item no. 87085)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $28.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich and complex with aromas of plum, hazelnut and pipe tobacco and a hint of vanilla; a full-bodied wine with flavors of black currant and rich, elegant tannins with an excellent finish.
 
The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was harvested in late September and early October, after an extended growing season.  The extra time the grapes hung on the vine gave the resulting wine great depth and complexity. Following fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine was aged in French oak barrels for two years.  The resulting wine is incredibly rich with powerful spicy and fruity mint flavors.  Delicious now, this Cabernet will continue to develop and improve for at least a decade.
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About 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 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.