This 2009 vintage showcases fruit character and ripeness, while tannin and acidity takes a backseat in contrast to 2008. Merlot from the 1976 block predominates in this vintages blend by a small amount, lending an overall softer more fruit driven approach than 2008. The Petit Verdot percentage is relatively high, accentuating the rose petal, blackberry and coffee bean notes.
As for previous vintages, this bottling delivers that complex interplay of ripe red and black fruits, savory and floral character, and a well matched structure-fruit balance. Very lengthy, layered finish.
Expect a solid 6-8 years of development in the cellar, and possibly longer.
Blend: 39% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15%
Petit Verdot, 11% Cabernet Franc
"Roses, blackberries, cassis and baking spices are beautifully rendered in a wine rich in depth and detail. More bottle age will surely bring still more complexity and soften some astringent tannins."
"This red is firm in texture and expressive, delivering ripe blackberry and currant fruit tweaked with hints of bay leaf, black olive and toast. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2019."