2009 Kathryn Kennedy "Lateral" Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1109400

While most Napa Valley Bordeaux blends of this quality cost at least twice as much--if not more--than Kathryn Kennedy's "Lateral," few are as consistently good. Made from organically grown Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/30/2012  | Send Email
Perfect table wine to have around at all times. Bordeaux blend with a few other varietals, this wine has great cherry and blackberry notes with soft vanilla spices and fine tanins to back it all up. Great depth, always a favorite from a great winery.

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/29/2012  | Send Email
The 2009 Vintage of the famous "Lateral" does not disappoint! Bordeaux blend of 45% Merlot, 14% Cab Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec, and 7% Petit Verdot. Beautiful black and red fruit with a backbone of fine, supple tannins. Nicely balanced and fantastic as a gift or daily drinker!
Top Value!

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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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4
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