WSI94+ Bursting at its aromatic seams! The 2018 Syrah is dark and brooding. Black and purple fruit aromas abound in the glass. Ripe blackberry compote, crème de cassis, freshly cut violets, pencil lead, black plums and sun dried rocks fill the senses. More complex notes of Nori, forest floor, dark Asian spices and soy add layers of interest. The palate is seamless and filled with expressive wild berry flavors and harmonized with soft tannins. The Kamen Estate Syrah is the blueprint of power, balance and refinement. This is a young, powerful wine. Enjoy its evolution over the next 15+ years. 100% Estate Grown Syrah at elevations of 1100–1450 ft. Moon Mountain District AVA, Certified Organic & Biodynamic Vineyards.
Biodynamic farming. Mark Herold Winemaker – beautiful lush wines! Concentrated, bold, rich and with the world’s smoothest tannins….
In 1980, Robert Mark Kamen (Karate Kid, Lethal Weapon, Taken) came to Sonoma to celebrate the sale of his first screen play. While hiking the rugged hillsides of the Southern Mayacamas Mountains, Robert came upon a piece of property with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. Remote, rugged, and without roads, water or electricity, the 280 acres had an immediate visceral impact on Robert. A week later the property was his. From the beginning, Robert had a clear concept of what he intended for his property. First and foremost was the desire to plant the highest quality mountain grown Cabernet Sauvignon, while holding true to the pristine spirit of the land.
Winemaker is Mark Herold. Mark started his first venture into the wine world at Joseph Phelps Vineyards as the Research Enologist. Here Mark was able to bridge the scientific method with practices in winemaking in order to determine which procedures really make the best expressions of wine quality and seamless oak integration.
Mark’s enthusiasm for making wine took on a life of its own leading to the creation of Merus in 1998; his personal Cabernet label. Being made in his home garage in downtown Napa, this project was a labor of love. After selling Merus, Mark continues his quest for making delicious, balanced, age-worthy wines.