2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietals: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
Appellation(s): Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford and Yountville
Harvest Date: October 5th-29th, 2009
Maceration: 20 - 30 days
Barrel Type: French Oak, 50/50 % new/used, Medium to Medium plus toast
Barrel Aging: 33 months
Bottling Date: February 20th, 2013
Release Date: December 2015
Production: Only 500 cases
Vintage Notes: In 2009 nature provided winegrowers with lush beautiful grapes for another great vintage. Late spring rains delayed irrigation needs and a warm spell in June helped the grapes mature after bud break. 2009 had only about four or five 100° days overall, which allowed the grapes to develop.
Though rainfall was a little more than two-thirds of normal for the third year in a row, the timing was on the vine’s side. Combine that with the lack of frost, and a fairly cool growing season, we were fortunate enough to have it all work in unison for the best scenario possible of long hand time on the vine for maximum maturity and ripeness in the grapes.
Tasting Notes: “I was so impressed with the 2008 TVH, it stands to reason the 2009 would be every bit as good due to favorable 2009 weather conditions. The enticing nose starts what I call an aromatic adventure. Intense dark berry fruit, minerality, kicked-up soil and notes of chocolate and coffee jump on board. If I was to put the palate of this wine to music, I would say it is a loud wine with the perfect pitch. High volume fruit begins the song - heavily concentrated flavors of rich black cherry, blueberry and blackcurrant vibrate all over the place from the St Helena and Howell Mountain grapes. There is a wonderful dusty note on the wine originating from the Rutherford grapes - all coming together to make this another sensational effort from Oakville-darlilng, Jeremy Nickel. TVH 2009 is one of my favorite Cabs from Napa as it delivers everything you dream of in a monumental wine - structure, power, complexity, earthiness, well-integrated French oak ageing, generous fruit and what every song of a wine wants... a long finish. Drink now through 2025.” Randa Warren (MS, CWE, DWS).
- Alcohol: 14%
- Appellation: Napa Valley
- Wine Type: Red
- Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon