Staying true to the style of Beaulieu Vineyard, our 2009 Napa County Red Blend reveals abundant fruit expression with layers of complexity. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, both Bordeaux-heritage varietals, form the core of the blend and provide firm structure and plush mid-palate texture. This generous blackberry and cherry core is wrapped with interesting notes from eight other grapes. While both the Syrah and Zinfandel deepen the red-fruit flavors, they also add hints of dried flowers, herbs and cracked pepper. Petite Sirah contributes its bold tannins and juicy plum flavors. Splashes of Carignane add strawberry and Grenache adds dark raspberry and bay leaf, while Sangiovese gives a burst of wild cherry. Deep-hued, spicy Touriga and Mourvèdre complete the blend.