Kendall-Jackson Stature Cabernet Sauvignon
94+
points

Stature Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

This is an elegant and plush Stature Cabernet Sauvignon with firm, velvety tannins and an overall perfect balance. 

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 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 beighe in Knights Valley along the slopes of Mount Saint Helena.

$100
/bottle
$80.00 for Wine Club Members (Join)
Wine Facts
Appellation
60% Alexander Valley, 40% Knights Valley, Sonoma County
Composition
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
T.A.
0.63g/100ml
pH
3.57
Alc %
14.5%

Acclaim

94+ points, Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Stature could be thought of as the flagship cuvée. It’s 60% from Alexander Valley and 40% from Knights Valley. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was brought up in 60% new French oak, it’s a pure, classic, beautiful wine that has textbook cassis fruit as well as loads of graphite, lead pencil, smoky oak, tobacco, and even a hint of orange blossom. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, with fine tannins and terrific purity of fruit, it’s approachable today yet will be better with 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for 15+ years.

94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2019

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Stature is gorgeous. Racy and sumptuous, the 2016 is impressive in the early going, but also has the potential to develop nicely in the coming years. Silky tannins wrap around a core of dark fruit in a flamboyant yet impeccably balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Mocha, black cherry, leather, smoke and licorice grace this impeccable, layered Cabernet.

94 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Feb 2019

Made of 100% Cabernet aged 19 months in 61% new French oak, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Stature Cabernet Sauvignon is a little closed to begin, opening slowly to reveal fresh black currants, warm plums and wild blueberries scents with touches of garrigue, wood smoke, menthol and oolong tea plus touches of tar and tilled earth. Firm, full-bodied and built like a brick house, it has loads of black and red fruit layers with a ripe, grainy texture and a very long, mineral-laced finish. Should age gracefully!

 

 

 

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 (59% new) and aged for 21 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.

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