I am really pleased with the expression of this variety on my Dad’s vineyard. Planting this was one of his best ideas. This vintage is right in the middle of what I call ‘the substantial three’ — 2008, 2009 and 2010 which each gave us good generosity for younger–term enjoyment while still having balance for beautiful long term bottle development. Having vintages of this going back to 1997, I am delighted to see the proof that we are on track for really showing what Cab can do when short–term rewards are not the primary concern. That’s doing it ‘our’ kind of right.
The aromas remind me of having a slice of both blackberry pie and mincemeat pie next to each other on the same plate after having just tilled the garden. Fruity, spicy, toasty aromas mingle with the sweet loamy earth in the background. There is a little bit of cassis on top as well to pull things upward. The theme here is about darker toned broodiness that 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines usually possess. The flavors follow the aromas (without the sweetness of the pies) and there is a broad texture and flashiness that hangs off its amply–structured frame. Appropriate acidity brings the wine to a nice, juicy mouth–watering finish with great persistence.