This old vines Cabernet of dark-red purple color opens with a very dusty nose. Ripe, exuberant red fruits, raspberry jam and red plum cobbler follow, with secondary notes of licorice, mint, and almond. The palate is generous and full of red fruit sweetness and depth, supported by spice and a moderate brightness with polished tannnins underneath. The finish is warm, sweet, persistent and balanced, with a hint of pepper. The vintage is more forward and softer than 2008, and reminds me of a cross between 2006 and 2007 in its texture and lushness. Will reward cellaring for 5-8 years.
"Again in 2009, winemaker Casey McClellan has crafted a beautifully pure Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard. Soft and supple, focused and detailed, it's a riot of pastry-like berries and cherries, with a concentrated midpalate bursting with full-bodied flavor. It moves into a lengthy finish, with toast, tobacco, coconut and caramel highlights. Cellar Selection."
"Focused, elegant and expressive, offering a lovely bead of mineral-accented cherry and herb flavors at the core, hinting at mocha as the finish lingers against fine tannins."