Deep deep garnet with intense eucalyptus *almost* to the point of unpleasant. A vigorous decant brought everything back down into manageable levels of mint and spicy oak with hot, edgy fruit trailing.
How long have you loved these wines? Do you have soft spots in your heart for labels you scrimped and saved to afford 20, 30 years ago and represented a coveted spot in the cellar? These are STILL BEAUTIFUL WINES, and though the screen-printing has gone away, sadly, these Jack London bottlings stand apart from the normal Kenwood offerings and even the Artist Series. They have always been cut from special cloth, not conforming to the plushness consumers expect from Artist Series or the vapidness of the 10-15 dollar crowd-pleasing offerings. I have had HUNDREDS of the wolf-head bottles and they are always leaner, more classically nuanced, and not superfluous.
In the mouth, prickly pear and rhubarb strawberry etch their grooves on wet sandpaper and charcoal, gritty and dry, achingly acidic and tannic, a nice solid wallop of fat cherry dances through the center, gently preparing all listeners for the thunderous finish screaming with tannin.
I love these wines. No, it’s not $150 cab–but then neither are you.
2010 KENWOOD VINEYARDS Cabernet Savignon Jack London Sonoma 14.5