Tasting notes: Katheryn Kennedy 2001 Lateral
I can rarely say this, but the nose on this wine is so Bordeaux-like, it reminds me of the 94 Mouton I had yesterday! The heavy merlot scent makes me think of the Medoc, maybe with a touch more new oak on it, and a few less years on the shelf. On the palate, I wouldn't put up with a Mouton, as it has more heat and more in-your-face fruit, but clearly that's the style winemaker, Marty Mathis, was going for. He's been tending these vines for 30 years and knows what to expect out of his fruit, and clearly has a palate for blending. This is really a surprising achievement for a wine from Saratoga. Drink now or in the next few years.
I'm thrilled to be serving this with a lamb stew Marches-style, with tomatoes and rosemary, a little side of parpadelle, and some organic greens.