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2009 Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon

The Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon, made from 100% clone 337 cabernet, is deep and brooding, with an intensity that nearly rivals that of our Reserve Cabernet. The influence of the cooler vintage can be seen in the black and blue character of the wine – ripe blueberry, black raspberry and black cherry dominate, rather than the straightforward red fruit typical of a hotter vintage. There is plenty to ponder in this wine as well, with nuances of graphite, coffee and tar emerging as the wine evolves in the glass. A generous and open wine with a massive finish, this wine is raring to go.

Appellation: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2009
Harvest: October 2009
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.8%
Bottling: July 2011
Production: 646 cases cases
Release Date: January 2012
Price: $85.00
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Reviews

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: May/June 2011 Issue 156
    Rating: 92

    Very deep, bright ruby-red. Slightly high-toned, expressive aromas of black cherry, red currant, cedar and tobacco. Dense, thick and sweet; rounder and more open-knit today than the Vintner Select Merlot, with noteworthy breadth to the flavors of redcurrant, dark chocolate, cedar and sexy herbs. Finishes with a substantial tongue-dusting of tannins that are supported by the wine's mid-palate sweetness.

  • The Wine Advocate: December 2012
    Rating: 93

    Another juicy, expressive wine, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner's Select shows considerably more textural roundness and depth than the straight Cabernet bottling. Plush, round and deep, the 2009 covers every inch of the palate with layers of fruit. Hints of smoke, menthol, tar and graphite add gravitas on the dark, brooding finish.

  • Wine Spectator: December 2012
    Rating: 93

    Nicely built, with a firm tannic framework wrapped around dry currant, fresh earth, anise and cedar flavors, ending with red and black licorice notes and a dash of espresso. Best from 2013 through 2024. 646 cases made