Hidden Ridge Impassable Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
Hidden Ridge Impassable Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label

Hidden Ridge Impassable Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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Full bodied and richly textured, the Impassable Mountain Reserve is a complex expression of mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose opens with toffee, blackberry bramble, black tea and cassis. Bright cherry and black raspberry lead through a focused palate, scented with nutmeg and brown sugar, and finishing with tea laced dark chocolate. This wine will reward cellaring for a decade or more, but can be enjoyed early with decanting.

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The stunning 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Slope Impassable Mountain Reserve (15% alcohol) boasts copious notes of licorice, creme de cassis, charcoal, blackberries and forest floor in a rich, full-bodied, opulent style. Vaguely reminiscent of some of Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignons made in the mid-1970s, this brilliant wine should age easily for 20-25 years. Something of this quality from Napa would cost two to ten times as much.
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Comprised of 55 acres of Cabernet and broken into 21 blocks, Hidden Ridge Vineyards is located in rugged terrain, between Mount Hood and Diamond Mountain on Mayacamas mountain range between Santa Rosa and St. Helena. At elevations ranging from 1200-1700 feet, their terraced vineyards fall between the range's saddles creating some of the most dramatic vineyard sites in Sonoma. Their closest neighbors are Pride & Paloma Vineyards.

"That's some good grape dirt up there," Oklahoma native and owner Lynn Hofacket points out eyeing his property. Adds winemaker Marco Di Giulio, "A vineyard so steep, so well developed, so interesting in its planning scheme and with so much vision behind it that I could not help but be blown away. I bring my other winemaker friends out there because I like to see the awed expressions on their faces. Yeah, it's really that amazing."

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While Sonoma County is acclaimed—and rightfully so—for its Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and Zinfandels, it also produces exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Of the region’s 18 American Viticultural Areas, only a handful produce top-notch Cabernet Sauvignon. These appellations include Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Sonoma Valley and Dry Creek Valley. Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignons made in these appellations can offer a complex array of aromas and flavors. Fruit notes such as blackberry, blackcurrant, cassis, black cherry and raspberry often are accompanied by hints of graphite, dusty earth, cigar box, toast and vanilla. The varietal has a rich history in Sonoma, and some of these Cabernet Sauvignons and Cabernet-based blends rival the best from Napa Valley.

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