2016 Kinsman Eades Cabernet Sauvignon Anjea Sleeping Lady Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Yountville

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 97 points

    April 23, 2021 - Kinsman gets way more concentration and depth out of this vineyard source than other producers I've tasted. From what Nigel says, they drop 20% of the juice to get it to this level and it shows. He also uses clone 22, which I had never heard of before, but clearly it's all working!

    Blackberries, dark cherry, forest floor and hints of floral show on the nose. The palate is just packed and stacked with intensity. Depth for days, with fine grained but super prominent tannins, big time earthy notes and a huge structure. This is mostly black fruited with excellent purity. As others have noted, this wine is meant for age and it's a beast. Still showing some oak and needs time to come together a bit more, but wow, the potential is super impressive. Extremely long finish.

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  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    4/26/21, 7:14 AM - Awesome that they opened up a 16. Was this a double decant the day before arrival? Thanks!

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    4/26/21, 7:48 AM - They were all open at various points apparently. I did get to follow this over two days and it was still super tight even at the end of that period. Seems like it needs many years.

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    4/26/21, 9:07 AM - Nige & Shae have hinted this is a long term prospect even though you scored it a 97 early. With your palate this is a promising update.

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    4/26/21, 9:56 AM - MJP: Thanks. I tend to rate wines not as they are drinking, but the overall quality I see in the wine. I know that is different than some who rate them moment in time. For me, the notes are where you determine more about timing and how they are showing now, but everyone has their own style. Just an FYI. This is definitely a long term wine, not to be touched for a while.

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    4/26/21, 10:18 AM - I tend to grade the same way. The youth of these wines and pedigree of these projects should be taken into consideration when sampling early. It's nice to know the wine makers on these boutique producers as they should have a great pulse on when these wines will peak based on styles you and I enjoy.

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