Rector Creek Vineyard
Appellation: Napa Valley
89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot
100% French oak Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons)
Barrel Aging: 18 months
Age of Barrels: 100% new
This is a wine with great density, bold tannins and voluptuous dark berry fruit. On the palate, the big tannins offer a framework for abundant blackberry and blueberry flavors, while undertones of espresso, cinnamon and tobacco leaf add to this wine’s full-bodied complexity. With decanting, the flavors are vivid and deep, highlighting the seductive blue fruit elements.
From our first Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc blocks to our final red-varietal Estate picks, our 2009 harvest spanned more than two months. Though the 2009 growing season presented certain challenges—from early shatter to late-season rain—a thoughtful response in the vineyards yielded smaller-than-normal crops of high-quality fruit. This response included aggressive leafing, an early thinning protocol and a heavy field sort to select only the most desirable grapes.
Release Date: September 2012