Dave Kinsey was born in Pittsburgh in 1971, attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Art Institute of Atlanta before moving to California in 1994 to pursue a career as a designer and fine artist. His work attempts to capture the universal essence of the human condition mainly through a symbolic portrayal of contemporary life.
Utilizing a range of mediums, he constructs multi-layered, textured environments that echo the complexities of our existence. Kinsey founded BLK/MRKT design studio in 1996 and BLK/MRKT Gallery (now Kinsey/DesForges) in 2001, allowing him to provide a crossroads for a new movement of emerging iconoclasts. Kenwood Vineyards commissioned Dave Kinsey’s “Kenwood Rose” for its 2007 Artist Series label.
Kenwood Vineyards has been producing the “Artist Series” since the 1975 vintage, and the 2007 vintage features the artwork of Dave Kinsey and a piece titled, “Kenwood Rose.”
Behind the label… inside the bottle… the wine is just as compelling, as the initial aroma of green and black olives gives way to black licorice, fleshy black fruits, mint, bell pepper, plum, ripe black cherry and polished leather. The wine has layers of flavors, including vanilla and crème de cassis, with earthy tannins deserving of a London broil. Well structured for aging, with a drinking window extending at least another 10 years, it’s showing nicely right now.
MSRP: $70 (November 2011)
Wine Lines rating: 90