In 2019, we experienced a late bud break. What started off as another drought year was saved by a welcomed five inches of rain in May that produced lush vigor in the vines. The growing season was marvelously consistent with no major heat spikes. This allowed for slow ripening, long hang time and optimum flavors.
The 2019 Kamen Estate Cabernet offers a dazzling array of aromatics. Raspberry pie, strawberry compote, espresso bean, candied cherries and marzipan are at the forefront. As the wine evolves in the glass, beautiful notes of violets and lavender pop, elevating the opulent fruit. Notes of new suede, black cardamom and dark chocolate add complexity to the layers.
The flavors are sumptuous and wrapped in an envelope of mouthwatering minerality. A framework of seamless tannins complete this incredibly balanced wine and the finish is layered and savory. Somewhat youthful, decanting is recommended. Enjoy over the next 15–20 years.
94pts —Antonio Galloni, Vinous
93pts —James Molesworth, Wine Spectator