Located on a steep hillside on our Sonoma Mountain Estate, this block is full of obsidian rock which holds heat and enhances the ability to help ripen the fruit.Download Tasting Notes
This dense Cabernet opens with aromas of dark chocolate, black fruit, pepper and spice. Concentrated flavors of ripe black cherries, blackberries and plum are balanced by wonderfully tart red-berry nuances. This wine has a solid tannin structure that softens as it opens up. Sure not to tire your palate out, its finish is long and clean. Intense and concentrated, this wine will age well.
Located on a steep hillside on our Sonoma Mountain Estate, this block is full of obsidian rock which holds heat and enhances the ability to help ripen the fruit.
Our Estate vineyard is Demeter certified Biodynamic®. The highest form of organic farming in the world, Biodynamics goes beyond the elimination of chemicals to represent a complete and holistic system of agriculture that views the farm as a living organism intimately connected with its environment. The goal of a Biodynamic wine is not perfection, but rather to truly and authentically reflect the variety, vintage, place and passion of the people who make it. Demeter is a third party certifier of traditional Biodynamic practices and the oldest such agency in the United States. Certification, the ultimate guarantee of tradition and purity in the production of agricultural products, is extremely difficult to achieve and must be renewed annually.
392 cases produced.
As seems to be the pattern over the past few years, 2009 was a year of extremes. This vintage also marks the third year in a row of below average rainfall. But a few things define this harvest in particular. First, rains in May took the edge off the drought and were responsible for the beautiful, full-strength photosynthetic canopies we had going into harvest. Second, was the roller coaster weather throughout the summer. We had 10-12 days of cool weather followed by 2-3 days of very warm weather. The heat wasn’t high enough and didn’t last long enough to damage anything, but it gave the grapes a good push towards ripening. Consistently, the cool weather returned and we were back to slow, even ripening. This back and forth seemed to have worked out well for the vintage. Third, flavor development was further ahead in 2009. The heat bumps have brought up the flavors and the cool weather has kept the structure and acid intact.