Scoring 18 Dionysian points out of 20, the 1987 Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series from Sonoma County, cost under $20 back then. It has 12.8% alcohol, which is ideal, and at 31 years old, it was showing beautifully.

The wine, after decanting, was soft, filled with smoky chocolate, subtle hints of black fruits, and finished with a long, clean Bordeaux-like after taste.


Besides the Cabernet Sauvignon, it has Merlot and Cabernet Franc in it. It was bottled in March of 1990 after aging in French oak. All Kenwood Artist Series wines need at least a decade or two of aging.

The artist label depicts “Man With A Balance” a perfect piece for a truly balanced wine. It was served with a basic beef and potatoes dinner, and it quickly became the sole topic of conversation.  In vino veritas.