(From 1983 Vintage) The 1983 Artist Series is composed of three different varieties of grapes from four separate hillside vineyards in the Sonoma Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc were all aged in Limousin and Nevers oak for periods of up to 15 months. The finished wine exhibits a rich nose and flavor that are a direct result of the three varieties used in the blend. Both Merlot and Cabernet Franc add a softness to the wine and an added degree of complexity to its flavors.
(From 1998 Vintage) An elegant, intensely concentrated wine with vibrant blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors. This wine exhibits rich, deep color, and hints of mint, spice and cassis. With a history of crafting exceptional wines, Kenwood Vineyards winemaker, Mike Lee, selected grapes for this 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. Th...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesSonoma County. Here is a ripe, well-filled, carefully constructed Cabernet of altogether classic lines. It smacks of black cherries and cassis throughout and is fit with a fine, sympathetic streak of vanillin oak that never aspires to a starring role. Tannin, while clearly evident, is never so rough or gruff as it might be, and six to eight years of age should see this keenly crafted wine reach a very handsome maturity.
Wine SpectatorRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/31/01