October 16, 2021 - Great night of over indulgence- and then cap’d off with great Signet scotch. 2000 Pavie Macquin, 2019 Tor VHR Pure Magic, 2018 Del Dotto Single Cluster, 2016 Abreu Las Posadas (killer even now with 4x decant and then 1.5 hours in decanter- stupid young but WOTN) and 2016 Kinsman Anjea (runner up) and 2019 La Pelle (best QPR delicious). Zero notes only simple impressions. 94.5 up 1/2 with more room in a year or two.
Wine has improved since my last bottle (last one but would have waited another year to open the next one vs now if I had a do over). Delicious and best sleeping lady wine to date.
April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): The best wine I’ve had from the Sleeping Lady site. I’ve honestly never been wholly impressed with that vineyard nor convinced it had the ultimate potential to compete with some of the big boys in Napa. Well, color me stupid (again). With blackberry and black-berry fruits spinning around in the core, this rendition of Sleeping Lady shows the power of the 2016 vintage and marries it with a hauntingly brooding sense of character. Just when you think it’ll dip down into an even deeper chasm of dark, dark fruit, a subtly dry cedar finish inserts itself into the equation and lifts the whole wine up. Finishes aptly grippy but ever-long. Earth and judicious wood influence add interest, which will ultimately elevate this wine more once it further integrates.
The mid-palate here is unlike anything I’ve experienced from this site. I suppose dropping 20% of the juice to steer concentration and intensity in the right direction helps. Perhaps it’s the Clone 22, which I can say I’ve never called out or identified before. But hey, when the stars align, this is what you get. 96+ points, with certain upside after a decent amount of cellaring (think 5-6+ years minimum). This has definite flex and frame to match it’s dark, almost gothic, profile. Excellent.
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.
October 23, 2020 - Wow. I would like to just post the one word and drop a mic but not sure how to do that so here goes.
Had both Kinsman 2016 wines at one of our favorite restaurants in AZ, Cafe a Monarch (unfortunately we had to bolt due to an allergic reaction) or it would have been a perfect night. Krug 168 and both 2016 Kinsman wines.
Krug- same notes apply. must give this air or the acidity closes the palate unable to reveal its inner goodness. Hold as it will become something special but a beautiful early champagne nonetheless.
R- quick super decant and drank through 45 minutes. excellent in all facets, attack, middle and end with a long finish. Cassis, boysenberry, blackberry, coco, tobacco, hint of dark wet earth all built around a thin mineral spine that carries this full bodied wine through the long finish. Now on the the textural pleasure of a mouth coating luxurious silky sexy kitten batting the tongue playfully teasing you throughout the experience- just excellent. I am a huge Nigel fan from his days at Araujo but this style is a juxtaposition of that style- both excellent wines with very different profiles. This is a wine that is drinking spectacular now and now is when it should be drunk as well as later. A homerun right out of the gates. But with confidence.
A- quick super decant and drank through 45 minutes. A very good wine but not at the level of R. It is missing the attack of R but maybe it’s a the vineyard requiring time to fill out? Regardless a beautiful feminin wine that if not had with its badass brother would have received accolades by all. This wine while missing the attach has a good middle and end of blackberry, dark red cherry, a bit of earth, coco, cedar and a velvety texture. Enjoyed by all . Very good wine and would love to check back in a few years from now to see if it filled out. Yummy nonetheless.
October 3, 2020 - If you combine my earlier tasting note from Napa and Sean7711’s note, you have today’s experience. 9 hr decant. Still a wall of tannins holding this back. I could almost taste the oak. Acid, red and black fruit, touch of perfume. If you’re considering opening one in the name of science, don’t. Just wait 7-9 yrs. You’ll thank me only after you failed to heed this advice.
December 25, 2019 - 2016 Kinsman Anjea Sleeping Lady vs. 2016 Fait Main Sleeping Lady
I decided to pit these two highly regarded wines against each other (in the name of science, I guess?) for Christmas Eve with family. I saved a glass of wine from each to check in on Christmas. I decanted both starting at 8:30am and had my first sips of both around 5:30pm.
Kinsman Anjea (14.7%, 100% Clone 22)
This is still hiding behind a massive wall of tannins, even after 9 hour decant and a few hours of drinking it that night. Even on the 2nd day, it still had the coarse tannins. This was dark, dark purple, much different than the Fait main, which gave off a bit more ruby red/blue. No doubt this is great juice, I just wouldn't open for 7-10 years unless you are curious. Mostly red/black fruits, beautiful bouquet. NR for now. Massive potential if you are patient.
Fait Main (14.1%)
This one was a pleasant bottle of wine. Gave off a bit of bubblegum/cotton candy off the nose. Ready for business - I think after 4-5 hours this would have been fine to start drinking. More red/blue fruit, lots of blueberry, nice finish. Threw off a bit of sediment. 95
December 3, 2019 - Delicious! Had a chance to taste this after a double decant from the night before and about an hour in the open bottle. Beautifully ripe dark fruit, with a silky finish that went on forever. Truelly top notch. The one you’re hoping for every time you try something new!
September 19, 2019 - Tastings; 9/19/2019-9/20/2019 (Napa): The 2016 Anjea Sleeping Lady Vineyard is an absolutely stunning debut for Kinsman Eades. Gorgeous and layered with red and black currants, perfumed flowers, red cherries, and cocoa. Deeply structured with coarse tannins. You are going to need to be patient, perhaps 5-7 years, before this is ready to drink. Tasted with Shae and Nigel at Long Meadow Ranch.
July 17, 2019 - Napa 2019; 7/14/2019-7/18/2019: Tasted at Wheeler Farms with Shae and eventually Nigel. Great people, great project! No points today. This is a wound up beast that needs to slumber for 7-9 years, but oh the potential. A wall of tannins is holding this back, but plenty of acid to let a beautiful bouquet of red and black fruit show through with patience. If you bought, be happy. If you didn’t you should.
June 10, 2019 - Up the PCH; 6/4/2019-6/16/2019 (Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, Paso Robles, Napa, and Willamette): Lunch with Shae Kinsman at Charter Oak.
Was able to taste both the 2016 Anjea and Rhadamanthus. To compare and contrast, this is 100% Cab from Yountville. Extremely tightly wound and coiled up for now, but did open up towards the end of the lunch. Smooth tannins, plenty of structure to go the distance. When I get my 3 pack of this in the fall, I will likely hold off on opening one for a little. These easily have 10+ years in them. 93 for now, 96-97 for the upside.