Kenwood Artist Series 1999

We had a great visit today with Kryss Speegle at Kenwood Vineyards. She took the class through a tasting of wines through the years so that everyone could experience the evolution a wine goes through, form early days to long term bottle aging. The crowning jewel of the tasting was this gem from the cellar:

99 Kenwood Artist SeriesKenwood, Sonoma County, Artist Series, Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 The nose features prunes, cassis and chocolate candy. There is lots of complexity in this wine as it has evolved over the almost ten years since the fruit was picked. In the mouth it is very soft with a bit of drying tannin in the background and a nice thread of acidity. Drink this up if you have it in your cellar as it is in that window at the top of the peak where pleasure is maximized for those who seize the moment and pull the cork.

The wine spent 30 months aging in French oak and an additional 8 months in bottle before its release in 2003. Produced and bottled in Kenwood 14.1% $75 for the current release ’05, this cellar selection priceless.

Kenwood Vineyards

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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