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1997 Kenwood "Artist Series" Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon (3L)

SKU #1078433

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "From one of the largest and most highly touted vintages in a great decade, this is large and fairly fat. The cassis, fruitcake and menthol nose and sweet blackberry and chocolate palate aim to please…and do just that. It feels a bit low in acidity, making it lush and forward, displaying a bit of heat and a looser structure. Still, this pleasure package is young, and the long, dark finish shows even, well-dispersed tannins. Another winner in a streak, if maybe less of a keeper. Drink now–2009, again probably sooner rather than later." (04/02)The 1997 growing season in Sonoma County produced an outstanding harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. With a history of crafting exceptional wines, Kenwood Vineyards Winemaker, Mike Lee, selected grapes for the 1997 Artist Series cuvèe predominantly from the Lindholm and Montecillo Vineyards. Both vineyards are located at an elevation of about 1,400 feet on the Mayacamas mountain range, bordering the eastern side of Sonoma Valley. These prominent vineyards are known for generating low-yielding crops of less than three tons per acre, producing complex wines that exhibit a high concentration of vibrant fruit. The 1997 is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. According to Wine Spectator: "Firmly structured and sufficiently tannic to endure 10 years cellaring. This is a rich, complex, chunky young wine, with glimpses of currant and cherry, turning firm and tight on the finish." (12/01)

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