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Kenzo Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Ai 2018 375ML

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CWA100

RP

WS

JS

AG

ST

W&S

JH

Price: $159.00

 
Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 12+ bottles.

100 Points | CWA
“WOW! The 2018 Kenzo Ai is a masterpiece that must be tasted to believe the intensity of exotic fruit flavors and cashmere-like texture. The blend this vintage is 90% Cabernet plus a dash of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot to add complexity. The bouquet features warm spices and lightly toasted oak reminiscent of a Summer campfire inviting you to join the fun. This tour-de-force Cabernet blend allures with a core of fresh, dark fruit flavors deftly melded together with seductive flavors including Godiva dark chocolate, currants, blackberry, espresso, pipe tobacco, and savory herbs combine for a captivating experience we highly recommend. Enjoy through 2033. Decanting recommended prior to 2026.” - California Wine Advisors

Winery Notes: “Indigo – ai represents the color indigo in the Japanese language, an element used in textile dyeing for thousands of years. Indigo is a rare commodity, just as the wine that bears its name, and with aging, both evolve and soften in texture and expression. Selected from the Napa Valley estate's most superb blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon and enhanced by complementary Bordeaux components, ai is the boldest expression of the estate’s vineyard potential, yet remains accessible while young. This 2018 Napa Valley vintage is hailed as one of the "finest of the past two decades" (Decanter), and the careful creation of this premium Cabernet delivers that higher echelon of purity.”
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Kevin Bacons

Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 12+ bottles.

100 Points | CWA
“WOW! The 2018 Kenzo Ai is a masterpiece that must be tasted to believe the intensity of exotic fruit flavors and cashmere-like texture. The blend this vintage is 90% Cabernet plus a dash of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot to add complexity. The bouquet features warm spices and lightly toasted oak reminiscent of a Summer campfire inviting you to join the fun. This tour-de-force Cabernet blend allures with a core of fresh, dark fruit flavors deftly melded together with seductive flavors including Godiva dark chocolate, currants, blackberry, espresso, pipe tobacco, and savory herbs combine for a captivating experience we highly recommend. Enjoy through 2033. Decanting recommended prior to 2026.” - California Wine Advisors

Winery Notes: “Indigo – ai represents the color indigo in the Japanese language, an element used in textile dyeing for thousands of years. Indigo is a rare commodity, just as the wine that bears its name, and with aging, both evolve and soften in texture and expression. Selected from the Napa Valley estate's most superb blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon and enhanced by complementary Bordeaux components, ai is the boldest expression of the estate’s vineyard potential, yet remains accessible while young. This 2018 Napa Valley vintage is hailed as one of the "finest of the past two decades" (Decanter), and the careful creation of this premium Cabernet delivers that higher echelon of purity.”



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery Kenzo

Vineyard Designate

AVA

Region Napa Valley