The Lava Block is a 14-acre micro-climate within Kamen Estate. Planted in 2008, it is the rockiest slope in the vineyard requiring extensive planting efforts. The wines grown on this parcel of the estate showcase a distinct and unique expression of Kamen Estate vineyard.
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.
Perhaps the finest Lava Block Cabernet to date. The aromatics of this wine are outrageously intense and layered; they sing with minerality throughout its time in the glass. Blackberry pie, black currants, crème de cassis, black cherries, tobacco leaf, violet and crushed rock rush to the forefront. Secondary aromas of suede, cocoa and pencil lead add an intriguing nuance. The flavors are seamless, elegant and sophisticated. The wine is generous and balanced with a fully-integrated tannin structure. Simply amazing.
95pts —Antonio Galloni, Vinous
95pts —James Molesworth, Wine Spectator