By: David Driscoll
K&L Staff Member
I've read White Fang and The Call of the Wild, and I've hung out in Oakland's Jack London Square, but I never knew that Jack London once lived on a Sonoma vineyard estate until I began tasting the Kenwood wines. While he never made wine himself, apparently London was a big wine drinker who prized a glass of California's finest with a nice roasted duck. It was Kenwood founder Marty Lee's affinity for London that led him to negotiate for the estate's fruit back in the late seventies. Those looking for real California history today (both literary and wine-related) need look no further than this 2013 Kenwood Cabernet from Jack London Vineyard, a textbook expression of everything we do well out west. Concentrated and brimming with the ripeness of 2013, one of the best vintages in years, this is a richly textured and fruit-forward Cabernet that showcases texture and a supple mouthfeel, but still allows for classic Cabernet characteristics like leather, mint and other wild herbaceous notes that speak to the nature of the varietal. Personally, I'm a fan of wines that are true to regional style, and I look for typicity in the bottles I buy. This wine has vintage California Cabernet written all over it. It is unabashedly California, big and bold, rich and lush, wild and unbridled, much like the writings of London himself. There's a savage note on the finish that keeps me coming back for more after the fruit begins to fade. A call of the Sauvignon? Perhaps.