2014 Kokomo "Cuveé" Sonoma County Red Blend

SKU #1294205 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Perfumed and high-toned, this is an impressively crafted and priced blend of 35% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 16% Grenache and 5% Petite Sirah. It shows a peek into each variety's personality, luxuriating in black pepper, leather, meat and black jam, with a juicy lushness to the palate.  (3/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Cuvée is a proprietary red blend and has a dense ruby/purple color, loads of sweet black cherry and blackcurrant fruits, and a nice whiff of oak and spice box. It is medium-bodied, well-made, tasty and accessible. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. (RP)  (3/2016)

Wine Spectator

 This easygoing red blend is fun to sip, offering lively cherry and spice aromas and supple flavors of red currant, black olive and bittersweet chocolate. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Grenache and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2022.  (9/2016)

K&L Notes

Aruba, Jamaica…Sonoma County. Okay, the Kokomo of Kokomo Winery doesn't refer to the Beach Boys song, but to winemaker Erik Miller's hometown in Indiana. Launched in 2004, Kokomo Winery focuses on wines from Dry Creek and Russian River Valley fruit.

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Staff Image By: Jordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2017 | Send Email
Since my first visit to Kokomo, the wines and the tasting room have shown tremendous growth. A blend of 35% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 16% Grenache and 5% Petite Sirah that is aged 11 months in new oak, the "Cuvee" is quite charming, and shows a beautiful garnet color, a perfumed nose and great freshness, structure and depth, with black cherry, black pepper and a lush mouthfeel.

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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.

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.


- 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.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1