2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

With apologies to Mr. McGuire in the movie The Graduate: “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word – Cabernet.” Heed the advice; this is a not-to-miss wine and will sell like hot-cakes, so get in on this today. The year 2009 was the first of three cool vintages; we had a long, very moderate growing season and along steady harvest which allowed for fantastic flavor development in all of our Cabernet vineyards.

Wonderfully supple and fragrant. Silky tannins frame a core of expressive dark red fruit. Floral and spice notes are woven nicely throughout.

vintage weather

The cooler weather throughout the summer made for great growing conditions (and high yields) and then, in September, we got just enough warm weather to bring the fruit to full ripeness. The absence of any major heat events during the summer and during harvest resulted in lower-than-normal sugars, great balance, and no issues with shriveling fruit – perfect conditions for the classic, Montelena style of wines.

tasting notes

This Cabernet is deep ruby in color with massive extraction and great density. The nose opens with huge intensity, great depth, and lots of layers. Big fruit aromas of black cherry, bright red berries, and plums all lead into the barrel notes of toasty oak, vanilla, and smoky undertones. The palate entry opens smoothly and builds predictably with big, firm (but not coarse) tannin, good acid balance and lots of structure. There is a great progression from ripe, sweet cherry and plum fruit up-front to rich, dried black fruit and spice on the finish - with the vanilla and spice from the barrel layering in seamlessly. For a young wine, it is already showing quite well and will continue to improve over the next 10+ years. This wine is definitely trying to seduce you, enjoy!

Release Price $50.00
Harvest Date September 21 to October 28
Blend 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Barrel Aging 14 months, French and Eastern European, 14% New
Bottling Date April 2011
Release Date Spring 2012
Cases Produced 18,600
Alcohol 13.8%