If you want to celebrate Father’s Day with a special wine, try a bold cabernet sauvignon made from grapes grown on the Sonoma Mountain ranch once owned by Jack London, the famous 19th century American author and journalist. Considered one of the most romantic figures of his time, London’s numerous works include the adventure novels “White Fang” and “The Call of the Wild.”
In the 1913 book “John Barleycorn,” London writes of riding his horse over his “beautiful” ranch. “The air is wine. The grapes on a score of rolling hills are red with autumn flame. Across Sonoma Mountain wisps of sea fog are stealing. The afternoon sun smolders in the drowsy sky. I have everything to make me glad I am alive.”
The exclusive rights to produce wine from this historic property, located on the western slope of Sonoma Valley, were purchased by Kenwood Vineyards in 1976. Kenwood makes only limited production wines from the high-altitude, red-lava vineyards and the dramatic labels on these wines carry a replica of the wolf’s head London used as his book-plate logo.
Kenwood Vineyards 2015 Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Mountain, California
Bought • Total Wine, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in May for $23.84 with six-bottle discount.
Description • The Hugh Johnson’s 2019 Pocket Wine Book describes the Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon as epic, and if you taste this red, you’ll know why. Aromatic and full-bodied, this is an elegant, classic cabernet that’s beautifully balanced with firm, focused tannins. Aged in oak for 24 months, it tastes of black currants and black cherries along with notes of cedar, spice and a touch of mint. It would pair well with steak and other hearty fare.