This has to be the finest vintage of the Proprietor's Blend yet! A cool, concentrated ripening season resulted in an elegant yet resolute wine of great demeanor. The nose is finely tuned cassis, a touch of earth, graphite and meat spice. The silky structure is built like a sky-scraper, towering over a full-bodied, deeply textured palate. Cabernet Sauvignon and the other Bordeaux cultivars produce a classic feel, with 21% Shiraz adding a spicy, savory complexity. The finish is once again extremely fine and elegant.
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Shiraz, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot
"The 2009 Proprietor's Blend consists of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Shiraz, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, aged in French and American oak for 18 months (40% new). It shows tremendous focus and delineation on the nose with blackberry, cedar, graphite and fresh strawberry. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, ripe tannins matched with vibrant acidity that lends this great vivacity and poise. The finish has good grip with dense tarry black fruit that coat the palate. Superb."
The Wine Advocate
"A very winey, racy style, with taut tannins framing lively red and black currant fruit, fig paste and cherry sauce notes. Flashes of roasted cedar and herb fill in on the lengthy finish. Drink now through 2015."