Blackstone Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Reserve 2009
Our Sonoma Reserve wines highlight the best of Sonoma County's diverse growing regions. Carefully selected to showcase the wide range of microclimates and soil types found in our own backyard, they represent the finest vineyards found in the mountains, valleys and along the coast. These elegant wines set a standard for high quality, uncompromising flavor and well-balanced structure: rich fruit aromas, an elegant, silky finish, and soft tannins, and a style that is unmistakably Blackstone.
Editorial Reviews for Blackstone Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Reserve
Purple fruit, earth, marzipan, and white pepper greet the nose, followed by well-judged toasty oak, subtle herb tones and a hint of bitter medicinal root aromas. There is a distinct, almost Dr. pepper quality to the nose here. This is slightly closed on entry but with really nice balance. It’s a rich wine but well focused with slow to emerge inner mouth perfumes of black currant, mocha, and candy licorice. The acidity is very finely balanced, keeping this lively but not poking out at all and the tannins are very finely polished. The black fruit powers through on the long finish which shows touches of licorice, spice, smoky dried meats and bitter red fruit. With a lovely texture, good complexity and fine depth of flavor this compares favorably with wines twice the price. 90pts
On the nose this comes across as pretty fruity at first but slowly elements of tomato leaf, tobacco, briary wood, and toasty marshmallow oak add detail to the jammy blackberry fruit. This is almost silky at first, seamless, and smooth, but the tannins, just a bit fuzzy, quickly give this some mouth grab on the mid-palate. There are smoky nuances and a touch of liquory cassis fruit on the mid-palate with integrated notes of baking spices and a touch of coconut that led to a smooth, soft, slightly spicy finish. The tannins build slowly on the finish here, which also shows a bit more vanilla with air, but this is the sort of slightly rugged yet suave wine that many people are looking for. 88pts
For my second tasting, almost a year later, I get less of the medicinal quality, but it's still noticeable. The fruits were spot-on before, and I'm perceiving more chocolate and tobacco elements this go-around. Also cinnamon and nutmeg. It's a bit too alcoholic for me, but otherwise excellent.
Medicinal, hot, traces of candy liqueur, strawberry jam, and cedar, with floral notes and blueberry honey.
Luscious ripe dark fruits on the nose. Maybe a hint of spice. Pow! Tannic at first tasted. Hot. Some spice.
Sage and maple on the nose. Very nice. Dry and earthy, with good blackberry and a bit of tar on the finish. A nice clean wine, with a bit of sweetness and a creamy finish.
Tobacco leaves and plum aromas with a bit of pencil shavings. Flavors are tart and acidic, well balanced with good blackberry fruit, leather and a medium finish.
Lots of alcohol on the nose, and peppery, with nutmeg and tea leaf. Charred oak toward the finish of the aroma. The mouth is rich, well balanced, and complexed, with smoked meat and blackberry. If you like bolder wines, I recommend it.
A crazy blend - almost like a greatest hits of my favorite grapes. The big exuberance of a cab with the spiciness of a syrah, and if I try real hard can taste some petite syrah. Just lots of fun.
External Reviews for Blackstone Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Reserve
This Cabernet Sauvignon is full of ripe flavors and soft round textures with notes of plum, cassis, cigar box, and vanilla. Oak aging contributes toasty spice overtones and plenty of smooth weight to the wine.
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