2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
90 pts Wine Spectator & Wine Enthusiast
Sultry notes of chocolate covered cherries, vanilla and sweet oak dance with cassis and hints of smoke as aromas fill the glass. Bold expressions of powerful fruit are balanced by layers of coffee, cocoa, and violet in this polished Cabernet. Round, refined tannins add weight and structure that is echoed in the plush, velvety finish.
Mother Nature was smiling down on the Napa Valley in 2009. The growing season was long, steady and full of ease, allowing the grapes to develop slowly and consistently without much interference from the vineyard team. The valley saw very few incidences of frost in the Spring, or 100-plus degree heat spikes in the summer and fall, allowing the grapes to remain on the vines until the first storms of October. The result is elegant wines with stunning color.