In 2018, Northern California experienced a dry winter. In May, after bud break, we received six inches of rain. Fast forward to the summer solstice in late June and we saw our first of many 100 degree days. The late rain combined with the heat created lush, fruitful vines. The heat calmed down after veraison and we had slow ripening and prolonged hang time which allowed the classic Kamen flavors to explode. All in all a terrific vintage!
A tsunami of aromatics! The 2018 Kashmir rushes from the glass with mineral laden fruit aromas of blackberries, black raspberries, currants and ripe strawberries. Effusive notes of violets, roasted almonds, black cardamom, crushed rocks, mocha and new suede add a heady elegance. Stratified flavors of black and purple fruits are framed by super supple and satisfying tannins resulting in an echoing display of power, balance and elegance through to the last sip and beyond. While this wine will cellar well for decades, it’s difficult to resist drinking now.
“The 2018 Kashmir is a heady, unctuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Even with all of its raciness, the 2018 comes across as impeccably balanced in this style and not at all overdone. Jammy dark fruit, chocolate, spice, lavender and sweet French oak build effortlessly in the glass. Kashmir is a rich, heady Cabernet—there is no doubt about that—but it is also less pushed than most previous editions, with a sense of proportion that is notable.”