In a recent blind tasting of 10 Cabernets, one wine surprised our group of 15 tasters.  The lineup included:

  • 12C Beckstoffer George III (95 Parker)
  • Roberts & Rogers (95 Parker)
  • Aiken (95 Parker)
  • Fait Main (95 Parker)
  • Aperture (94 Parker)
  • Beau Vigne (96 Parker)
  • Myriad (94 Parker)
  • Perfect Season (95 Parker)
  • Scarlett (95 Parker)
  • Steven Kent.

The Winner = STEVEN KENT.  The SKW received 9 First place votes, while Beau Vigne received 2, and 12 C, Aiken, Perfect Season and Scarlett each received 1 first place vote.


Steven Kent 2013 “Premier” Cabernet Sauvigon “Estate”
Retail 105.00 – GGWC 99.99
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The Premier 2013 is convincingly a wine of its vintage. Ripe and rich, this wine is replete with the aromas of cocoa, dark fruit, espresso, and toasty oak. On entry, the richness of aromas is mirrored in texture, though leavening the opulence of fruit and wood is a focused beam of acidity that is most easily described as a note of red fruit threaded through the more obviously darker notes. The acidity freshens the wine and carries it with wonderful pace through the rich mid-palate where the wine begins to show substantial tannin and astringent structural elements. As one would expect with a young Cabernet, there is significant tannin and wood showing upon release. And though these elements will fold into the larger and more important organoleptic notes with time, even in its youthful bravado, The Premier does not lose its fruitful identity. In fact, on the extremely long finish the complex layers of fruit show up quite wonderfully, riding on the back of the wine’s great acid. This wine should age gracefully for more than 15 years.


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