2011 Kamen Estate Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Graphite, smoke, dark red fruit, iron and a host of mineral-inflected notes jump from the glass in Kamen's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. There is tons of mountain personality in this dense, structured, powerful Cabernet. In 2011, Kamen did not produce their top of the line Kashmir; all of the best fruit went into the straight Cabernet Sauvignon. Proprietor Robert Kamen has put together a dream team at his rugged hillside vineyard, which is in the new Moon Mountain AVA. Phil Coturri takes care of the viticulture, while Mark Herold makes the wines. Is it any surprise these new releases are so compelling? Kamen Estate is proving to yield more than just the Cabernets most people have at least heard about. The Sauvignon, Viognier, Syrah and now the Cabernet Franc are all testament that this is one of the great vineyard sites in northern California. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Not surprisingly, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant, lighter-styled wine exhibiting sweet cassis fruit, soft tannins and a velvety, medium-bodied mouthfeel. It can be consumed now and over the next 7-8 years. (RP) Some terrific Cabernet Sauvignons are emerging from Sonoma, and Kamen Estate’s 2009 and 2010 Cabernets both merit attention, especially from readers who believe Napa makes the only great California Cabernet Sauvignons. The two luxury cuvees, made, I assume, from the best barrels, include the 2009 and 2010 Cashmere, both of which are profound examples of Cabernet Sauvignon that could rival the finest from Napa in a blind tasting.