Kathryn Kennedy 2010 “Small Lot” Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon

Kathryn Kennedy CabI purchased this from Daniel Braun at the Princeville Wine Market on the north shore of Kauai. Finally the island has a real fine wine merchant; Daniel not only knows a great deal about nearly all the wines he sells, you will not be automatically led to the most expensive wines on the shelves; there are some wonderful wines at real everyday prices. A great deal of information resides in that small shop.

A little information here about the winery from klwines.com …

Kathryn Kennedy’s stature in the Santa Cruz Mountains enables the producer to have access to the best fruit from the finest small vineyards in the appellation. These growers even include residential homeowners whose grapes arrive at the crush pad in very small lots. Limited in production, the Small Lot Cabernet is vinified using the same small-scale techniques employed for Kathryn Kennedy’s estate wine. Aged in a combination of French and American oak, this wine shows classic Santa Cruz Mountains brambly black fruits with woodsy spice and distinct mineral notes on a balanced, supple palate.

And we need to talk about impressions of this wine …

We are accompanying this wine with a Weber-cooked rack of lamb and salad with blue cheese dressing.

Colour is deep dark rich red with purple tinges.

Aromas are of brambles, spice, dusty oak and rich ripe blackberry fruit.

Palate is all of the above of course – plus –

First impressions in the mouth are of smooth and supple velvety richness; how often do we use the term ‘an iron fist in a velvet glove’, well here is another wine that elegantly fits that bill. It’s full bodied and rich, and you can feel the alcohol; however the wine redeems that with brilliant balance, and superb structure and mouthfeel; power with elegance and balance. In fact pretty much how Daniel described it before we bought it.

The conclusion is the coup de grace; superfine savoury tannins supporting a long and elegant finish.

This Santa Cruz wine is produced from grapes from some of the highest vineyards in California. Kathryn Kennedy clearly has access to some great fruit. It’s a fine wine, and another Indication of the stunning quality of red wines that are produced in the AVA’s of California. My only comment would be: are too many of the wines being made to a Parker palate?

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