2009 Portfolio, Limited Edition
The 2009 growing season was constantly cool with some few hot days in June above one hundred degrees. It was an ideal vintage which facilitated the development of ripe tannins, bright acidity and rich flavor profile. Lack of frost during April and mild temperatures in the summer, the vines grew in harmony. Mother Nature gave them the best scenario possible.
The resulting wine is dense, lush concentrated with big structured tannins, engaging aroma of tiny huckleberries and cassis weaved with spicy sweet oak. This age-worthy wine offers a long smooth finish and a beautiful powerful structure lingering with a tone of minerality. The wine will cellar well for many decades.
Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 82%, Cabernet Franc 18%
Fruit Sources: Hendry Ranch block 8 and Detert East
Age of Vines: CS 35 years and CF 30 years
Date of Harvest: September 26th and October 10th
Fermentation: Fermented in 1-ton bin
Winemaking: Natural gravity flow, no fining, no filtration
Skin Contact: 30 days
Malolactic Fermentation: In barrel
Barrel Aging: 29 months in 100% New French Oak
Production: 200 cases
“Dense, rich and extracted, this combines power with refinement, showing firm tannins, with an underlying mix of dried currant, blackberry, cedar, crushed rock and tobacco leaf flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best 2013 through 2024.” - Jim Laube