Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
"Kenwood Vineyards’ eighteenth Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon features “Clown,” a painting by renowned author Henry Miller. The grapes selected for the 1992 Artist Series came from the Lindholm and Montecillo Vineyards. Both vineyards are located at an elevation of about 1,400 feet on the Mayacamas mountain range, bordering the eastern side of Sonoma Valley. Both vineyards are low-yielding, producing less than three tons per acre of intensely flavored fruit. The 1992 growing season was long and cool, and the grapes for this wine were harvested in late October. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the lots were fermented separately in small French oak barrels for 30 months. Cabernet Franc and Merlot were then added in the final blend to soften and further enhance the wine. In a departure from previous Artist Series wines, Kenwood aged this wine an additional year in the bottle before being released to the market in the fall of 1996."
Wine EnthusiastImpressively plummy and chocolatey, the Merlot in this reads strongly, though it's actually 2 percent less than in the 1991. The wine is full and still firm, with copious aromas and flavors of cedar and menthol, raisins and cocoa. Closes fairly long with dark tart-sweet fruit and nice, still slightly tight tannins. This will keep.
Wine SpectatorDry, with a slight metallic, earthy edge to the herb and currant flavors, giving it an oxidized character.--'92 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now. 3,000 cases made.