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In 1980, screenwriter Robert Kamen purchased 280 acres of the southwestern slopes of the Mayacamas Range in Sonoma County. This mountainous property was rugged, overgrown, extremely rocky and very remote: virgin territory with no roads and no power. It was isolated, wild, beautiful and full of potential. Viticulturist Phil Coturri was brought into the project to develop and oversee the master plan. The vineyards are all biodynamically farmed. His vineyards are located in Sonoma Valley, on the backside of Mount Veeder, and year after year this is one of the finest Cabernets to come out of the area. 2018 was not a only great vintage in Napa; in fact, this shows that some of the Napa guys can still learn a thing or two from Sonoma!

The Lava Block is a 14 acre micro-climate within Kamen Estate. Planted in 2008, it is the rockiest slope in the vineyard requiring extensive planting efforts. The wines grown on this parcel of the estate showcase a distinct and unique expression of Kamen Estate vineyard.

The 2018 Lava Block offers aromas and flavors that match its color – deep blackish purple. Abundant aromas of blackberry, Marionberry, black currants and ripe plums are stitched together with hints of tree nuts and Pu-erh tea. Secondary notes of sexy oak, black cardamom, dark chocolate, rock dust, cherry liqueur and ground black pepper add complexity. An absolutely delicious flavor profile showcasing gobs of dark, luscious fruit, exotic spice box and minerality. The wine possesses an incredible balance of fruit and tannins which play exquisitely through the resounding finish. The Lava Block represents a unique and distinct voice from the Kamen Estate. Enjoy over its 15 year evolution.
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