Kendall-Jackson Stature Cabernet Sauvignon

93+
points

Stature

Sonoma County

Cabernet Sauvignon

2012

This is an elegant and plush Stature Cabernet Sauvignon with firm, velvety tannins and an overall perfect balance. The 2012 Cabernet fruit from Alexander Valley and Knight's Valley was so spectacular that Randy has decided to showcase it in this vintage of Stature.

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Wine Facts

APPELLATION

55% Alexander Valley, 45% Knights Valley, Sonoma County

COMPOSITION

94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot

T.A.

0.62g/100ml

pH

3.63

ALC. BY VOL.

14.50%

Acclaim

93+ points, Robert M. Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate, Dec 2014
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Stature, which is a blend of 54% fruit from Alexander Valley and 46% fruit from Knights Valley, is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot aged primarily in French oak. The new oak percentage jumps to 71%, which is the highest of any of these Cabernets. Deep ruby/purple with notes of tobacco leaf, underbrush, blackcurrants, sweet new oak and spice box, this is a full-bodied, ripe, impressively endowed wine that will drink well upon release and continue to evolve for up to 15 or more years."

Winemaking

Cold-soaked for 4 days and fermented for 16 days translates to concentrated flavor and color, added layers of complexity, and lush, voluptuous tannin development. After gentle pressing, the wine was racked directly into small French oak barrels (71% new) and aged for 24 months in thin-staved, heavily-toasted Chateau-style barrels adding rich, balanced oak accents, a rounded texture and a serious, lingering, integrated finish

Vineyards

Much of Sonoma County’s reputation for outstanding Bordeaux-style varietals can be attributed to the stellar combination of rich complex fruit and tannins. The intense dark full berry tones and concentrated tannins of the Cabernet Sauvignon are coming from the mountains, hillsides and ridges of Alexander Valley and Knights Valley. The area is comprised of volcanic and rocky soil, being brick red in Alexander Valley and beige in Knights Valley along the slopes of Mount Saint Helena. The exquisite dark and powerful Petit Verdot hails from a loamy and gravel bench in Knights Valley

Primary Aromas & Flavors Primary Aromas & Flavors
notes of tobacco leaf, underbrush, blackcurrants, sweet new oak and spice box
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Food & Wine Pairing Food & Wine Pairing
short ribs
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Ideal Serving Temperature Ideal Serving Temperature
65° F
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bordeaux
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