2009 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine evolves dramatically from its first few moments in the glass. Initial notes of Spanish lavender and brambles are followed by graphite, Asian plum, and cassis. Moments later, inviting tones of burnt vanilla caramel greet the taster along with a plush core of mixed berry compote, bakers chocolate, and dark cherries. Round, well-framed tannins encompass the heady finish.
Varietals: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec | Aging: 19 months in 70% new-tight grain French oak