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The Vineyardist Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009

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"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a huge, hulking mountain Cabernet bursting with black fruit, creme de cassis, licorice, smoke, tar and spices. The 2009 shows dazzling richness and tons of power, not to mention tons of personality and character. Mark Herold used 85% new oak barrels for the 2009. With a little less new oak, the wine’s signature aromatic and flavor profile might come through with even more clarity. Still, the 2009 is striking just as it is....95" WA 02/12 "(the first commercial release of this wine; the 2005 through 2008 vintages were declassified; from vines planted in 2000 on Diamond Mountain at an altitude ranging from 900 to 1,300 feet): Good bright ruby. Aromas of currant, minerals, minerals, lead pencil and tobacco leaf, plus a strong element of brushy chaparral (California's garrigue?). Creamy-sweet and supple but with spine and energy to its wild berry flavors. Winemaker Mark Herold told me the crop level was just 1.8 tons per acre and the harvest took place on Halloween day. Nicely primary, long wine with suave tannins and firm structure...92" IWC 05/12 "Tight and focused, this is a style built to age, with a rich core of dark berry, mineral, cedar, graphite and black licorice flavors. Intense and persistent, framed by chewy tannins...92" WS 07/12

Region: USA » California » Napa » Diamond Mountain

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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01/03/2013

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External Reviews for The Vineyardist Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a huge, hulking mountain Cabernet bursting with black fruit, creme de cassis, licorice, smoke, tar and spices. The 2009 shows dazzling richness and tons of power, not to mention tons of personality and character. Mark Herold used 85% new oak barrels for the 2009. With a little less new oak, the wine’s signature aromatic and flavor profile might come through with even more clarity. Still, the 2009 is striking just as it is. Anticipated maturity: 2014–2024.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

Tight and focused, this is a style built to age, with a rich core of dark berry, mineral, cedar, graphite and black licorice flavors. Intense and persistent, framed by chewy tannins. Best from 2014 through 2024.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

Good bright ruby. Aromas of currant, minerals, minerals, lead pencil and tobacco leaf, plus a strong element of brushy chaparral (California's garrigue?).  Creamy-sweet and supple but with spine and energy to its wild berry flavors. Winemaker Mark Herold told me the crop level was just 1.8 tons per acre and the harvest took place on Halloween day. Nicely primary, long wine with suave tannins and firm structure.



"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a huge, hulking mountain Cabernet bursting with black fruit, creme de cassis, licorice, smoke, tar and spices. The 2009 shows dazzling richness and tons of power, not to mention tons of personality and character. Mark Herold used 85% new oak barrels for the 2009. With a little less new oak, the wine’s signature aromatic and flavor profile might come through with even more clarity. Still, the 2009 is striking just as it is....95" WA 02/12 "(the first commercial release of this wine; the 2005 through 2008 vintages were declassified; from vines planted in 2000 on Diamond Mountain at an altitude ranging from 900 to 1,300 feet): Good bright ruby. Aromas of currant, minerals, minerals, lead pencil and tobacco leaf, plus a strong element of brushy chaparral (California's garrigue?). Creamy-sweet and supple but with spine and energy to its wild berry flavors. Winemaker Mark Herold told me the crop level was just 1.8 tons per acre and the harvest took place on Halloween day. Nicely primary, long wine with suave tannins and firm structure...92" IWC 05/12 "Tight and focused, this is a style built to age, with a rich core of dark berry, mineral, cedar, graphite and black licorice flavors. Intense and persistent, framed by chewy tannins...92" WS 07/12

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