1991 Kenwood "Artist Series" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
More ripe and lush, even more aromatically complex than the 1990. The bouquet is intense with toast, earth, mushroom, animal and mint notes. In the mouth it shows dark, underbrush-like notes with overripe fruit and leather notes. Ends warm, with ripe tannins and more dark fruit.
This is Kenwood's A-list wine, with the best fruit. From the winery: "Kenwood Vineyards’ seventeenth Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon features 'Heart and Handkerchief,' a painting by renowned artist Jim Dine. Aromas of admirable depth and range feature dense, ripe fruit scents backed by rich oak and suggestions of dried herbs, cinnamon and dark chocolate, equally well-packed on the palate. The grapes selected for the 1991 Artist Series came from three select Sonoma Valley vineyards, including the mountainous Lindholm Vineyard. Following harvest at optimum ripeness, the separate vineyard lots were fermented in stainless steel and aged in new French oak barrels for two years. Cabernet Franc and Merlot were then added in the final blend to soften and further enhance the drinkability of this elegant, full-bodied wine. The excellent harvest of 1991 ensures plenty of rich, ripe fruit with tannins to age well into the next century."