In 1980, came to Sonoma to celebrate the sale of his first screen play. While hiking the rugged hillsides
of the Southern Mayacamas Mountians, 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 , while holding true to the pristine spirit
of the land.
Initially the fruit grown at Kamen Estate was sold to premium Sonoma wineries. In 1996, a devastating
fire tore through the property destroying half of the vines along with Robert’s home. Where others would
see this as a tremendous setback, Robert’s credo, “Everything happens for a reason”, held sway. The fire
forced him to focus not on what had been lost, but on what could be gained. Out of the experience he decided
to stop selling grapes and began to make his own wines. A major replanting began as soon as the ground
cooled. Cutting edge viticultural techniques were employed, new selections of Cabernet clones were chosen
and different rootstocks were used. The first release of Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was in 1999.