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Kenwood 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Jack London Vyd., Sonoma Mountain
The label is updated but still iconic; author Jack London lived in Sonoma County and his ranch is now owned by the California Parks Department. But the lava-terraced Jack London Vineyard on the ranch is farmed by Kenwood Vineyards and has been for three decades. Located on Sonoma Mountain with a southeastern exposure, this vineyard is above the fog level and gets early morning sun followed by late afternoon breezes that temper the day's most extreme heat. The result of this exceptional terroir is grapes of great distinction that make wines with superb flavor and deep, rich color as you will see in this exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. The wolf head label tells you it's the Jack London Vineyard bottling from the outside, but inside, it's the wine that tells you. Wine Review Online scored this 94 points saying "Kenwood is more or less a cabernet sauvignon house, though it excels throughout the lineup. The Jack London Ranch cabernet is one of Kenwood's most consistently outstanding wines and the 2013 is another in a distinguished chain. It offers impressive richness and weight, layers of dark fruits and an unmistakable note of eucalyptus as a signature high note. On the palate the Jack London delivers that rare combination of elegance and power, with firm but nicely integrated tannins and a long, spicy finish."