2012 Kamen Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1220636 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another outrageous effort is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon). Its opaque purple color is followed by aromas of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, charcoal and flowers. Dense, full-bodied, multidimensional, long, silky and opulent, this stunning Cabernet can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years. These 2012s, made by winemaking consultant Mark Herold for proprietor Robert Kamen, are the finest wines yet produced by this small boutique operation located largely with the relatively new AVA of Moon Mountain. There are 1,800 cases of the Cabernet Sauvignon, only 150 cases of the Cashmere, 125 cases of the Syrah, and less than 100 cases of the Cabernet Franc.

93 points Vinous

 Another explosive wine, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a real head-turner. The radiance of the vintage comes through in spades. Dark, voluptuous and intense, the 2012 flows across the palate with notable depth. Ripe, silky tannins support a core of dark red stone fruits, spices, wild flowers, cedar and new French oak. Robert Kamen's vineyard in the new Moon Mountain AVA is one of the most picturesque sites in Sonoma. Modern vine training gives these mountain wines as interpreted by Mark Herold little more textural depth and richness than is customarily found in other nearby sites. The newest addition to the range is a Cabernet Franc, a wine that is already quite impressive, especially considering the wines were just planted a few years ago.  (9/2014)

K&L Notes

100% Estate Grown, Certified Organic and Biodynamic Vineyards, The 2012 Kamen Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and lush with a pure fruit filled core exibiting notes of black mountain berries, black cherries, wild black raspberries, roasted plums and crushed rock. The effusive nose continues with aromas of graphite, violets, suede, exotic black cardamom, Ceylon cinnamon and a hint of fresh black pepper. This perfectly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon is both extracted and structured and will drink well now and over the next 20 years.

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Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2015 | Send Email
Classically 2012 with a touch more finesse and elegance coming from the cooler climate Sonoma Valley. Drinking beautifully now, with supple and soft, integrated tannins, and will age gracefully, as well.

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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).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5