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Kenzo Estate ai Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml Bottle red wine

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. 

KENZO

Prestige Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Rated among the "Top 100 Reds from Napa Valley" by James Suckling

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KENZO

Prestige Cabernet Sauvignon

 

“This is very reserved at first, before it suddenly opens up with pure currants, underbrush, licorice, tar, crushed stones and dark chocolate shavings. The plush fruit of the vintage is there to be beheld, but it's so compact and beautifully framed by structured tannins. Lovely acidity drives the palate through to a long, chewy finish. Sexy.”

 JAMES SUCKLING ON AI

 

2016

Color

Deep maroon

Bouquet

Wild strawberry, vanilla extract, dark chocolate, ripe apricot, white pepper, cigar box, cedar, leather

Palate

Dense, yet delicate. Ripe red berry with a hint of dusty earth supported by young, integrated tannins

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Sauvignon (87%), Malbec (4%), Merlot (4%), Petit Verdot (3%), Cabernet Franc (2%)

Volume

1.5L, 750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

15.2% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 50% new French oak, 50% neutral French oak

2015

Awards

96 points | The Wine Enthusiast
96 points | James Suckling

Color

Deep burgundy

Bouquet

Wild blackberries, vanilla bean, cedar, blood orange, slate, white pepper

Palate

Savory, well-structured, balanced acidity, silky, well-integrated tannins

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Sauvignon (92%), Cabernet Franc (2%), Malbec (2%), Merlot (2%), Petit Verdot (2%)

Volume

1.5L, 750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

15.2% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 50% new French oak, 50% neutral French oak

2014

Color

Rich maroon

Bouquet

Wild blackberries, vanilla bean, cedar, blood orange, white pepper, slate

Palate

Savory, well-structured, balanced acidity, delicate tannins

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Sauvignon (90%), Merlot (4%), Cabernet Franc (2%), Malbec (2%), Petit Verdot (2%)

Volume

1.5L, 750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

15.2% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 50% new French oak, 50% neutral French oak

2013

Awards

97 points | James Suckling

Color

Rich maroon

Bouquet

Sweet cinnamon, dried apricot, orange zest

Palate

White pepper, sage, thyme flanked by austere tannins

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Sauvignon (90%), Malbec (7%), Cabernet Franc (1.5%), Merlot (1.5%)

Volume

1.5L, 750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

14.8% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 60% new French Oak, 40% neutral French Oak

2012

The 2012 ai is a return to the opulent, full-bodied, wines of yore. Dark aromas of black pepper, crushed granite, plum preserves, and cinnamon hasten you towards a wonderfully integrated pallet of supple and luscious tannins. Ambrosial fruits mingle with a divine spice, and all are framed by a soft and sweet French oak tannin. The 2012 ai is bright and playful in its youth, but patience is a virtue with this wine, as the passage of time will reveal many more layers of complexity.

Color

Dark ruby red

Bouquet

Black pepper, crushed granite, cocoa, new leather, plum preserves and cinnamon

Palate

Firm tannins give way to plum and blackberry, followed by medium acidity on the mid-palate and a lush finish

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Sauvignon (87%), Merlot (6.5%), Petit Verdot (4.4%), Cabernet Franc (2.2%)

Volume

750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

14.8% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 60% new French Oak, 40% neutral French Oak

2011

As the name ai represents the mystical color of Indigo. Elegant and angular tannins caress the senses and speak to the cool temperatures that prevailed throughout the season. Ai is an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon and the most full-bodied of our red wines. The 2011 ai is a testament to Kenzo Estate’s unwavering quest for quality and authenticity.   

Color

Bright ruby red

Bouquet

Blackberry, blueberry, graphite, crushed stone

Palate

Rich, elegant, understated

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Sauvignon (96%), Cabernet Franc (2%), Petit Verdot (2%)

Alcohol

14.2% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 60% new French Oak, 40% neutral French Oak

2010

A gem, created out of unwavering passion in the pursuit of perfection. 


A gem, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon from the highest quality barrels selected from the finest grapes of Kenzo Estate.
The extremely complex fruit manifests a layered flavor, fine structure and depth. “ai” is the mystical color indigo, that represents an unwavering will for perfection and abundant passion; the appropriate word for this masterpiece.

Color

Brick red into dark purple

Bouquet

Brandied cherry and cedar with subtle notes of graphite and plum

Palate

A classic Cabernet Sauvignon; notes of blueberry, cassis, and hints of soft leather with rich tannins perfect for aging

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (10%), Petit Verdot (6%), Cabernet Franc (4%)

Volume

750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

14.2% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 60% new French Oak, 40% neutral French Oak

2009

A gem, created out of unwavering passion in the pursuit of perfection. 


A gem, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon from the highest quality barrels selected from the finest grapes of Kenzo Estate. The extremely complex fruit manifests a layered flavor, fine structure and depth. “ai” is the mystical color indigo, that represents an unwavering will for perfection and abundant passion; the appropriate word for this masterpiece.

Color

Dense dark red to a deep purple

Bouquet

The cedar and black licorice aroma of Cabernet Sauvignon make the first impression, followed by ripe plum and compelling spice with white pepper and marzipan

Palate

Firm tannins speak to the longevity of this wine and pedigree of the site

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Sauvignon (84.4%), Merlot (8.9%), Petit Verdot (2.2%), Cabernet Franc (2.2%), Malbec (2.2%)

Volume

750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

14.8% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 60% new French Oak 

2008

A gem, created out of unwavering passion in the pursuit of perfection. 


A gem, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon from the highest quality barrels selected from the finest grapes of Kenzo Estate. The extremely complex fruit manifests a layered flavor, fine structure and depth. “ai” is the mystical color indigo, that represents an unwavering will for perfection and abundant passion; the appropriate word for this masterpiece.

Color

Dense dark red to black

Bouquet

The cedar and black licorice aroma of Cabernet Sauvignon make the first impression, followed by ripe plum and compelling spice with white pepper and marzipan

Palate

Firm tannins speak to the longevity of this wine and pedigree of the site

Origin

Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Sauvignon (86.9%), Merlot (6.6%), Cabernet Franc (3.3%), Malbec (1.6%), Petit Verdot (1.6%)

Volume

750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

14.2% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 60% new French Oak 

Production

740 cases

2006

A gem, created out of unwavering passion in the pursuit of perfection. 
A gem, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon from the highest quality barrels selected from the finest grapes of Kenzo Estate. The extremely complex fruit manifests a layered flavor, fine structure and depth. “ai” is the mystical color indigo, that represents an unwavering will for perfection and abundant passion; the appropriate word for this masterpiece.

Color

Black fading to a dense dark red

Bouquet

Cedar and black licorice are followed by ripe plum and compelling spices of white pepper and marzipan

Palate

Black fruit, cassis and cedar support firm silky tannins

Origin

Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Sauvignon (90%), Merlot (5%), Cabernet Franc (2.5%), Petit Verdot (2.5%)

Volume

750ml

Vintage 

2006

Alcohol

14.2% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 60% new French Oak 

Production

428 cases