2008 Kamen "Estate" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1117391 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The dense purple-colored 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals abundant notes of volcanic ash, burning embers, black currants and blueberries. The quality of the oak is very high, but subtle, and the wine possesses soft tannins, full body, lots of concentration and moderate tannin. Three to four years of cellaring will be beneficial and this big 2008 should age nicely for two decades. I am including these two Sonoma offerings in the Napa report because they come from a vineyard just on the other side of the Napa County line. Kamen is a small producer with the former Merus consultant, Mark Herold, making the wines. 93+ points. (RP)  (12/2010)

92 points James Suckling

 Ripe yet stylish with a light raisin and red soil character that turns slightly to caramel. Full and velvety with a dark berry and a chewy tannic finish. Needs another two to three year to come together. Best after 2014.  (6/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Moderately saturated bright ruby. Punchy aromas and flavors of cassis, blueberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and crushed rock. Suave in texture and light on its feet, with firm acidity and a strong rocky minerality contributing to the impression of inner-mouth energy. Conveys a strong impression of site character. Showing well, but this will need time to fill out. These biodynamically farmed vines yielded barely two tons per acre of fruit in 2008, noted winemaker Mark Herold. 92(+?) points  (6/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Tight and structured, with firm mineral, cedar, dried berry, sage and anise flavors. Slow to unfold, but does so gracefully, ending with a black tea and mineral aftertaste.  (11/2011)

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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 M├ędoc 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).