2013 Kenwood "Jack London Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $30.00) SKU #1298650


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K&L Notes

Our team adored this Cabernet when tasting the 2013 release and it has quickly become a favorite from this treasured Northern California vintage. Owned and farmed by the Kenwood team for nealy 40 years, the 2013 is nearly 100% Cabernet aged in a mix of French and American oak for 24 months before release. From 'The Tasting Panel' Magazine, 94 Points: "Red fruit aromas of cherries and plums join with complex spicy and aromatic notes of hazelnut, mint, and cardamom. The wine is full-bodied with rich, well-structured tannins, an elegant mouthfeel, and a long finish."

Staff Reviews

  • David Driscoll
    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.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    Kenwood has been making single-vineyard wines from Jack London Ranch since 1978. The warmer mesoclimate in this part of the Sonoma Valley region results in rich, full-bodied reds. This Cabernet Sauvignon shows true Sonoma Mountain terroir at a fantastic price! Eucalyptus, black cherries, wood spice, cocoa, and a touch of earth meld together in this wine with a well-structured, long finish.
  • Anthony Gittings
    By: Anthony Gittings
    K&L Staff Member
    Kenwood has been making quality wine since the 1970's and their latest Jack London Cabernet is another classic example from one of California's historic wineries. Healthy amounts of dark cherries and plum are nicely balanced with silky tannin, a touch of spice and a long lingering finish. Subtle vanilla and leather gives the wine a deep richness and adds complexity.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a very dark, extracted and full-bodied Sonoma Mountain Cabernet. Its sturdy tannins and earthy notes of tobacco leaf, licorice and clove make it a great pairing for heartier dishes right now, but this wine shows great aging potential as well. A fantastic value for the price point, particularly for those who enjoy the ripeness of California Cabernet in a powerful incarnation.


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