Screenwriter Robert Kamen Directs His Creative Passion To Mountain Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Ripe Fruit – Low Yields – High Quality
Those six words capture the Kamen Winemaking Philosophy. Creative writing genius ROBERT KAMEN, a self described “accidental success”, grew up in a city housing project in the Bronx, earned a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and fell in love with a Sonoma Mountain property that became THE KAMEN ESTATE. He believes everything happens for a reason, though he feels nothing in his life was ever planned. His screenwriting successes include the “Karate Kid”, “Lethal Weapon” series, “A Walk in the Clouds”, “Taps”, “Taken”, “The Fifth Element”, and “Transporter” series.
When Robert bought the property that was to become THE KAMEN ESTATE it was wild, rugged, overgrown and extremely rocky virgin territory with no roads; just isolated, beautiful and full of potential. He wanted to plant the highest quality Cabernet Sauvignon while preserving as much of the natural “wildness” with as little intervention as possible. Initially, KAMEN fruit was sold to premium Sonoma wineries. A devastating fire in 1996 claimed half the vines and Robert’s home. Choosing to focus on the future, Robert began a major replanting with new Cabernet clones and different rootstocks, releasing his first Estate Cabernet with the 1999 vintage.
PHIL COTURRI, pioneer of organic viticulture, has been overseeing THE KAMEN ESTATE since Robert bought the property in 1980. The soils have never been exposed to chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Born and raised in Sonoma County, Phil is a highly regarded viticulturist with over 35 years experience with top quality Northern California Vineyards, and a proud runner-up in the Jerry Garcia look-alike contest.
Legendary Winemaker MARK HEROLD is highly regarded for his “relentless and uncompromising pursuit of excellence” in winemaking. Considering the vineyard the single most important factor influencing wine quality, he is passionate about THE KAMEN ESTATE. Regarding this vineyard, Mark says, “the uniqueness here is the incredible diversity of soil and exposure that exists in a fairly small site. The potential for blending nuance and complexity is extraordinary.” Since Mark took over as winemaker just a few years ago, the KAMEN ESTATE CABERNET has become one of California’s greatest and most distinctive wines, each vintage more impressive than the last.
Herold’s portfolio of clients include Merus, Buccella, Kobalt, and Hestan, to name a few.
2008 KAMEN ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Concentrated and complex with amazing structure!
Tasting notes: Tremendous depth of color. Aromas of anise, black currants, sweet black plums, graphite and new leather with a subtle perfume of violets. Full, up front palate of blue fruit, dark black raspberries, mocha, baking spices and wet stone. Rich, powerful, seamlessly balanced throughout, with a long persistent finish. 100% Mayacamas Mountain Grown Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. ($75)