2000 Kathryn Kennedy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1053083

According to Wine Spectator: "Austere, with a pleasant mineral and earth quality and a tight beam of currant, cherry and wild berry flavors that fan out nicely. No mistaking its tannic strength, but it's well made and balanced. Best from 2005 through 2012. 600 cases made." (05/04) A favorite at the K&L Kathryn Kennedy tasting. The wine still shows some new oak character, but has begun the resolution that can take decades for this property. The wine is still a bit firm - and will age very well- but shows its colors with an hour or two of air. A dash of chocolate, a mix of ripe red and black fruit, a sense of place... definitely a Kathryn Kennedy, and definitely a good one.

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/2/2009  | Send Email
This was my favorite of our recent vertical of Kathryn Kennedy cabernet's here at K&L. This vintage, while less than famous in Napa, was actually spectacular in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This wine has real presence on the mid palate and power that comes from old, ungrafted vines, not just from oak and alcohol. This is tasting great now, and would make a perfect partner for a dry aged rib eye. It should also keep for as long as you care to cellar it.
Drink from 2009 to 2025

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Cruz Mountains

- Vineyards dot the valleys and ridges of this coastal AVA just south of San Francisco. Microclimates make it difficult to generalize, and vineyards are frequently separated by acres of forests and meadowlands (not to mention entire towns!), but this is nonetheless known as a cooler-climate zone ideal for pinot noir. Ridge is doubtless the most famous local producer, with its cabernet blend, Monte Bello, named after a Santa Cruz mountain peak. High-quality, low-production chardonnay and some Rhône varietals prosper as well.