The Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
A fun start or end to any meal or gathering. Also enjoyed with grilled rack of lamb or rich lentil salad.
An exciting collaboration between musician Dave Matthews and seasoned winemaker Sean McKenzie, The Dreaming Tree captures the spirit of California’s wine country. United by their shared passion to make quality wines accessible to everyone, the two friends set out on a journey to discover the unique characters and rich flavors that give the region its rare charm.
Most may know Dave Matthews from his day job as a professional musician, but his passion for winemaking stretches back nearly as far as his love for music. With a winery in Virginia under his belt, Dave is no amateur, but when he chose to lay down roots in the California wine country, he knew he couldn’t do it alone.
Winemaker Sean McKenzie has shared his diverse winemaking experience with The Dreaming Tree brand since 2014. Along the way, he has helped preserve many of California’s most prestigious growing regions and featured their respective styles throughout the Dreaming Tree’s stellar lineup of wines. Together with collaborator Dave Matthews, the duo have created wines that are approachable, balanced, and easy to drink. Consistent with Sean and Dave’s shared values of generosity and community, the wines are meant to be shared and enjoyed with all.
The Dreaming Tree Wines is based in Geyserville, CA and has received over 20 Gold Medals and 90+ Scores. As a sustainably driven brand, it has donated over $1.5 Million in proceeds to environmental conservation organizations around the world.
Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.
Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines.
In the Glass
High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.
Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.
Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.