Our part of the Panek site is a 2.5 acre parcel just north of Turley Winery and just south of Aida Vineyard in St Helena. It's old riverbed ground so it drains well with a strong streak of gravel shot through the black, loamy soil. The 2009 bottling consists of equal parts clones 6 and 7. This is the most classic of our three wines in this release. The pure fruit driven nose consists of sweet tobacco, purple fruits, white flowers and blackcurrants. The clone 7 component in the wine definitely adds this fruit sweetness which is in turn buffered by the more structured, higher acid, soil driven elements of the 6. Clone 6 on the valley floor can act a bit like a hillside addition with its tiny berries and thick skins and in this wine it makes for an interesting texture. The mineral notes that frame the finish give the wine length with just enough apparent acidity to add freshness.
"A gorgeous, graceful effort, rich, smooth and layered, showing complex spice, dark berry and floral scents, with a long, supple and focused finish and silky smooth tannins."
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard is graced with exquisite finesse and silkiness in its red fruit and sweet tannin. Layers of seamless fruit caress the palate in this stunning Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 Panek is subtle, understated and totally classy. The Panek is clone 6 and 7 Cabernet, aged in 80% new barrels."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni