Posts Tagged Sonoma Mountain

2011 Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Jack London,’ Sonoma Mountain

Nearly opaque purple/plum color. Wood shadings of cedar, menthol, and graphite lead to leathery notes and light herbaciousness and, finally, moderate dark cherry and berry fruit. The profile evokes more of an Old World style of red. It turns creamy... Read more

2011 Kenwood Merlot ‘Jack London,’ Sonoma Mountain

Translucent plum/coral color. Scents of mint lead to a mix of raspberry, blueberry, and huckleberry, with a dash of vanilla cream and a stemmy herbal note. It is medium-full in the mouth, showing dusty/earthy tannins that are fine-grained. While not... Read more

2010 Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon, Jack London Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain

Nearly opaque dark ruby color. Bright mint-tinged dill and spiced tobacco aromas give way to show a solid core of black cherry and currant fruit. The wine is plush in the mouth, where the warm dark fruits take center stage. Nicely balanced and... Read more

2010 Kenwood Merlot, Jack London Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain

Translucent dark ruby color. On the nose, a chef’s garden of aromas make the first impression, showing black olive, sage, bell pepper, menthol/eucalyptus and tobacco. The dark, fleshy plum and cherry fruit emerges in the mouth, along with hints of... Read more

2000 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay, Agustina Cuvee, Sonoma Mountain

Brilliant amber/straw color. Not a hint of cloudiness, despite the massive concentration of the juice and the winemaker’s statement that it is unfined and unfiltered. Aromas and flavors of concentrated nectarine, vanilla and lemon custard (with a... Read more

1999 Kistler Chardonnay, McCrea Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain

Richly extracted, over-the-top style. Lots of toasty, smoky oak fights it out with ultra-ripe pineapple syrup and gobs of vanilla cream. If it is given a chance to sit in the glass, additional complexities emerge. It didn’t get that chance on this... Read more