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Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2009

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The 2009 Vintage is a pleasure from start to finish. The nose is filled with many of the attributes that have become signatures of this wine...vanilla-spice, sweet chocolate, and ripe blackberry and currant. The 2009 also offers notes of the loamy and volcanic soils in which the grapes are grown. While the weighty palate is incredibly supple, there is plenty of concentration in this wine to carry it for many years of enjoyment.

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Malk Family Vineyards:
Situated directly below the home of owners Brian Malk and Nancy Heitel, Malk Family Vineyard lies adjacent to the Fay Vineyard at the base of the Palisades, edging the valley floor on the eastern slopes of the Stags Leap District. Surrounded by a mixture of live oak and black oak trees, the vineyard property begins with a gentle slope at the base, rising dramatically to the Palisades in the ... Read more
Situated directly below the home of owners Brian Malk and Nancy Heitel, Malk Family Vineyard lies adjacent to the Fay Vineyard at the base of the Palisades, edging the valley floor on the eastern slopes of the Stags Leap District. Surrounded by a mixture of live oak and black oak trees, the vineyard property begins with a gentle slope at the base, rising dramatically to the Palisades in the background. The vines on this two acre vineyard are bilateral cordon and unilaterally trained on a vertical trellis system. The property was purchased in 1997 and is farmed with meticulous, hands-on care. Low yields and a philosophy to produce as a winegrower, ensure the fruit is of the highest quality from vintage to vintage. Read less
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Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
4.00 5
03/31/2013

The nose on the powerful 2009 Malk Cabernet opens with a flare. Scents abound at pouring, with raspberry and black cherry dominating an enticing blend of fruit fragrances. Herbal notes of thyme and oregano mix with wafts of moist autumn leaves to frame the array of fruity aromas with an earthy background. Over the first hour, smoky oak, vanilla, leather and graphite emerge to add variety and depth. Cherry and cassis keep fruit in the forefront during the second hour. The palate launches slightly tannic and tight, with raspberry, cherry, blackberry and cassis breaking through with fruit medleys that give ample intimations of what will come. The wine’s promise begins to be fulfilled as tannins soften and smooth out over an hour and a half, with white pepper and spice adding zest to the rich long finish. With complexity and resonance increasing, the wine migrates toward a jammy explosion of ripe fruit, laced with licorice, coffee/espresso, tobacco, rhubarb and cedar. Fragrant notes of floral, including honeysuckle and rose (a staple on the nose of Malk Cabernets over the past six or seven years), emerge at two hours. Dark chocolate and leather make their appearance on the nose at this stage and remain through three hours. In the third hour, tannins become velvety on the palate, and the blend of flavors evolves to include blueberry in the spread of fruits, plus coffee, dark chocolate, oak, leather and a variety of spices. The evolution of this cab in the glass suggests that time is its friend and that a year or more of bottle aging will make it even better. Note: Since its first release in 2004, Malk Family Vineyards in the Stags Leap District of Napa has created a distinguished history of blockbuster cabs of such character and excellence that the problem now is getting them before they’re sold out, usually within months of release. The best chance to get a bottle is straight from the winery.


Snooth User: dogwinelover
129893130
4.00 5
06/14/2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the 09 Cab. The taste of berry that finishes off with a hint of dark chocolate sweetness mixed with crisp oak flavor is just wonderful. With every sip I tasted something new! Fantastic.


Snooth User: Brain Wines
87247311
5.00 5
05/18/2013

Nose/ When compared with the incredible 07 and 08 vintages, this 09 has deeper, softer, notes of those same lovely rose petals. Absolutely sexy and voluptuous. Plums and black cherries. Soft, light, white pepper and forest floor. Soft cedar, florals, and barrel room notes. Wild herbs. The aromatics deliciously ebb and flow. Enjoy over hours for the full experience. Taste/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Softer than previous vintages. Deep, round, notes of ripe currant and soft blackberries. Her acid is so nicely balanced that it seems seamless. Both bakers and milk chocolate play. Boysenberry and chocolate close her with a medley of mineral and rock. Long and elegant on the close. Note: best 2 hours post decant. Absolutely stunning, again. Another Malk masterpiece by Robbie Meyer, Winemaker.


Snooth User: Francesca Navarre
114954753
4.50 5
05/09/2013

Four and a half glasses



The 2009 Vintage is a pleasure from start to finish. The nose is filled with many of the attributes that have become signatures of this wine...vanilla-spice, sweet chocolate, and ripe blackberry and currant. The 2009 also offers notes of the loamy and volcanic soils in which the grapes are grown. While the weighty palate is incredibly supple, there is plenty of concentration in this wine to carry it for many years of enjoyment.

192 Cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 60% new


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