2012 Kathryn Kennedy "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
A thoroughly elegant, serious and yet immensely enjoyable wine that stays lively many days after opening, this bottling from a regional icon shows dried violets, dried strawberry, crushed pepper and touches of leather and soy on the wondrous nose. Lithe black plum and elderberry fruits ride along a tight but forgiving tannic structure, with support from crushed gravel, asphalt, potpourri, sandalwood and cedar flavors.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Similar aromatically to the '10 with its pure dark fruits, mineral, iron and underbrush-scented bouquet, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is more upfront and approachable, with a lot of ripe fruit, a forward, supple texture and a nice finish that carries bright acidity. It shines more for its purity and freshness than density or power, and should evolve nicely for at least a decade. This was a solid lineup from Kathryn Kennedy and I was thrilled to be able to taste cuvees with a few years of bottle age, all of which had aged gracefully. These wines are beautifully made and show the fresher, more focused and acid-driven style that’s common with the Bordeaux varieties from this region. The top wines will be very long lived. (JD)