This is rich with aromas of cherry, clove, spice and earth. Robust and full-bodied, our 2009 Monte Rosso Cabernet has juicy red fruit flavors and hints of leather, sweet herbs and spice. Oak aging imparts well-integrated nuances of cedar, caramel and brown spice.
"Tasted from barrel, the 2009 is composed of 98.8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.2% Petite Sirah aged in 85% new French and 15% American oak. It came in at 14.5% alcohol, less than the 2008 and 2007 as this was a cooler vintage. Production was only 520 cases. Tightly knit both aromatically and flavor-wise, this medium to full-bodied offering reveals an opaque ruby/purple color as well as notions of black currants, spring flowers, vanillin and toast. With excellent concentration and a long finish, it should be another outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon from the Monte Rosso Vineyard, but it will not be comparable to the all-time greats produced in 2007, 2005, 2001 and 1997. Anticipated Maturity: 2015-2025.
The Wine Advocate