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Kenzo Estate Wines
Wonderful citrus aromatics define the 2016 asatsuyu’s characteristics. Intertwined with notes of vanilla and guava nectar and peach preserves, asatsuyu is an aromatic marvel that greets you long before first swirl. Complementing this aromatic anomaly is a broad and sumptuous palate, framed by a lingering mouth-watering acidity. Drink now and drink chilled.
red wine asuka cabernet franc Napa Valley Asuka is the name of the town in the Nara Prefecture where founder Kenzo Tsujimoto was born, and when translated, represents "a bright future," and "hope for tomorrow." This 2018 vintage elevates the classic elements of Cabernet Franc, an approachable wine with signature intense aromatics that jump from the glass. Gentle and vibrant on the palate, refined tannins and bright acidity provide a bold freshness, with a long finish - a triumph of the Estate vineyards ready to enjoy now and into the future.
Meaning purple bell or gentian flower, "rindo" represents the beautiful purple hue of the grape clusters, that resemble the shape of many bells hanging in the vineyard. As the flagship red wine in the collection, rindo is the singular expression of the estate's magnificent diverse vineyards, that grow an alluring mosaic of Bordeaux varietals. Each vintage is reflective of its growing season, and each is uniquely tuned and refined by blend. This 2018 composition is soaring and layered with aromatics of cocoa, plum and vanilla with sensational dark fruit on the palate, and a subtle minerality providing balance - a beautifully approachable wine.
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 soften 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, offset by bright brambleberry and orange zest. Muscular, yet also refined, 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.