2016 Kenzo Estate Ai Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA (750 ml)
Ai represents the color indigo in the Japanese language and has been used in the ancient art of textile dyeing for thousands of years throughout Japan. Derived from plant material, indigo is a rare commodity, just as the wine that bears its name. With aging, both ai and indigo dye evolve and soen in texture and expression. Selected from the most superb barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon and enhanced by additional Bordeaux components, this wine is the boldest expression of the estate vineyards’ potential. The 2014 ai is a delicate bookend to the full-bodied wines of the past three vintages. The wine floats across the palate, its bright and alluring aromatics intermingle savory notes of white pepper and slate, onset by bright brambleberry and orange zest. Muscular, yet also renowned, this wine balances silky tannins and bright acidity to create a structurally sound bottle that can be enjoyed now and into the next 15 years.
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