1994 Kenwood "Artist Series" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Beautifully crafted, sleek and elegant, sharply focused on ripe, rich cherry, currant, plum and berry. Picks up pretty floral and spicy nuances and the tannins, while firm, are supple and integrated.
A strong performance from a vintage considered among the best; this comes on and stays intense through the close. However, the wine’s scale caused some doubts to be registered about its balance—it’s pretty hot, and high in alcohol. Still, few argued with the toast, dark berry and licorice nose, the dark spicy-sweet flavors or rich, even mouthfeel. Closes long and a little hot, with large, mouthcoating tannins.
Absolutely delicious. The best Kenwood we've tasted in recent memory, maybe the best ever. From the winery: "It was David Goines' reclining nude label that was the first to grace the Artist Series collection with the 1975 vintage. Known affectionately at the winery as the 'Naked Lady' label, Mr. Goines' first edition of the work was deemed 'obscene and indecent' by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. In 1997, the 'Naked Lady' was resubmitted to the BATF and approved. What better way to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of one of the world's most renowned collections of wine!" 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.