1985 Kenwood "Artist Series" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #900767 91 points Wine Spectator

 Deep and intense, with a sense of elegance surrounding the black cherry, mint and curant flavors. The tannins are firm and gritty but the fruit fights through on the finish.  (4/1995)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The color remains a saturated dark ruby with light brick at the edge. Although full-bodied and tannic, with noticeable oak and impressive extraction, the wine is closed and not yet ready for prime time drinking. Give it another 4-5 years of cellaring; it will last for at least 15+ more years. (RP)  (4/1995)

K&L Notes

Kenwood Vineyards’ eleventh Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon release features "Red Letter to Joe," by Steve Jensen. The grapes selected for the 1985 Artist Series are from a classic Sonoma Valley vintage. Even better than the flawless 1984 vintage, 1985 was marked by a moderately warm growing season and optimum levels of grape maturity and composition. The grapes are a blend of the finest small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from three separate vineyards: Berger Vineyard of Sonoma Mountain, Lindholm Vineyard of Mayacamas Mountain and Jack London Vineyard of Glen Ellen. Small amounts from Jansen and Jack London Ranch were also included. Each vineyard lot was kept separate during the fermentation in stainless steel and aging for two years in Nevers Oak barrels.


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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 MĂ©doc 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.
Country:

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.
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California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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).