2017 Kinsman Eades Cabernet Sauvignon Anjea Sleeping Lady Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Yountville

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Community Tasting Note

  • msuwine wrote: 95 points

    August 28, 2021 - This raw and layered Cabernet still needs a few more years to settle down, but it has the density and balance to be something special (even in a vintage that produced very few special wines). I've never tasted such density and character from this vineyard, but this bottle needs a lot of air if opening now (i.e., double-decanted 12 hours beforehand, followed by two hours of traditional decanting).

    Dark red in color and full in body, the wine offers aromas of sour cherry, anise, and spice cake. Flavors of boysenberry, gravel, and graphite, with a layered and grainy finish. 14.8% alcohol. 94 on the first day, and 95 on the second, when it seemed to improve on every front: more floral in aromas, more silky in mouthfeel, and more integrated in flavor, with new notes of pie cherry, leather, and eucalyptus. This has tremendous upside in 2024 or later, with the greatest potential of any Napa 2017 I've tasted.

    This wine had far more class and balance than two 2017 LPVs tasted at the same time (Fait-Main and Memento Mori), wines that came across as sweet and empty in comparison. To elevate this vineyard in this vintage is a tremendous accomplishment, which is one of the many reasons why Kinsman Eades is the most exciting young project I've come across in the last few years in Napa.

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  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    8/28/21, 10:54 PM - MSU- my thoughts exactly.

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    8/29/21, 6:22 AM - I was not a fan of sleeping lady till Kinsman came along. Such density and structure for 17. Truly a wine of the vintage.

  • NickRut commented:

    8/29/21, 7:44 AM - Stop talking about KE. Don’t need it to go the path of Macdonald. Glad I got in early on KE but still can’t buy nearly as much as I want. Haven’t tried the 17s yet and looks like waiting is a good call. Appreciate the note as always.

  • #1Winelover commented:

    8/29/21, 12:47 PM - Nice note MSU! I would have liked to see a side-by-side comparison of Sleeping Lady with Benoit and Nigel. I do agree with you -- that Kinsman Eades is one of, if not the best new winery. Their wine is special and memorable. I cannot say that about most others as they all seem to blend together!

  • msuwine commented:

    8/29/21, 1:35 PM - Thanks, guys, for the comments. And my apologies Nick, but I think the cat is out of the bag on Kinsman. At least they're working with numerous vineyards, so it hopefully won't get as exclusive as MacDonald.

    And, yes, #1 - I had intended to compare Nigel and Benoit on Sleeping Lady, and then I realized that I didn't buy the Fait-Main version in 2017 (a man does have his limits!). It would be a fun comparison, since they work with different clones (Benoit with the more plush clone 7, Nigel with the more structured clone 22). Oh well, maybe someday!

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    8/30/21, 5:45 AM - We need to see what AG was thinking when reviewing 18 JF Sleeping Lady. MSU, did you review already?

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