1995 Kenwood "Artist Series" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
The lovely nose of rich briary fruit, licorice, vanilla cream and anise pulls you in to this luscious and lushly textured wine. It’s very smooth and suave on the tongue, offering deep cassis flavors and tobacco accents. Long and dry, the finish shows spicy oak, berries and espresso.
Tight and on the austere side, with earthy cedar, clay and tobacco flavors dominating the currant and dried cherry fruit underneath. Needs time to grow into its flavors, as the tannins are firm. (JL)
Label art and vintage note from the winery: "Kenwood is proud to present our 21st edition of the celebrated Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon featuring 'Klox' by artist Karl Kasten. An elegant, intensely-concentrated wine with vibrant, deep color, and aromas of cedar, pepper and cassis, it has rich, complex flavors of blackberry and dark cherry. The 1995 growing season produced some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon fruit Kenwood has ever had the pleasure to work with. The fruit chosen for the 1995 Artist Series cuvée came predominately from the Lindholm and Montecillo Vineyards, both of which are located at an elevation of about 1,400 feet on the Mayacamas mountain range, bordering the eastern side of Sonoma Valley."