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2004 Kenwood "Artist Series" Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1045091 93 points Wine Spectator

 Rich and spicy, intense and concentrated, with full-bodied currant, cedar, blackberry and black licorice fruit that's impeccably balanced and well-structured, offering firm tannins and vibrant acidity. Excellent length. Drink now through 2015. (JL)  (1/2009)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 With this wine, Kenwood is seriously poaching on Napa Valley cult Cab territory. Shows powerful, intense chocolate, blackberry pie filling and smoky new oak flavors wrapped into soft but complex tannins. yes, the alcohol is high, but the wine is dry and frankly delicious.  (4/2009)

Connoisseurs Guide

 There is no question but that this somewhat raw-edged effort is light on refinement, but its lack of manners can be blamed on youth as much as anything else, and its solid, well-defined fruit is a good guarantor that time is on its side. It may never be the picture of grace, but it will make a satisfying foil to hearty meat dishes some five or six years hence.  (4/2009)

K&L Notes

"The 2004 vintage marks the 30th release of Kenwood Vineyards’ Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon. Artist Shepard Fairey began crafting his approach while he was still a student at The Rhode Island School of Design. Fairey believes that art is not only intended for museums and galleries, but should also be an integral part of the visual landscape. His work exemplifies bold, graphic media that stands out amid the urban clutter, beautifying the environment while stimulating the public to think critically. He is one of today’s best-known and most influential street artists. The "Peace Woman" is a symbolic representation of the peaceful, nurturing side of humanity. Fairey feels that the female trait of empathy should be embraced to maintain a balanced society". - Kenwood Winery

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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.


- 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.
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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).