November 17, 2012
Top scores from the editors at Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine Spectator reflect a powerhouse harvest from 2009. Wine Advocate 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon 94 "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon caresses the palate with deep layers of dark red fruit, rose petals, smoke and espresso. It is a bit more voluptuous and sexy than the 2008 in its sleek, polished personality. All of the elements flow gracefully to the huge, textured finish." 2009 Proprietary Red 93 "This is bigger than the 2008 but not quite as delineated. It makes up for that with gorgeous richness and balance. The 2009 is 47% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot." Wine Enthusiast 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon 94 “This is the very definition of a modern cult-style Napa Cabernet. It’s extraordinarily rich and flavorful in blackberries, blueberries, cassis and chocolate, while the jacket of tannins is as soft and velvety as modern winemaking can achieve.” 2009 Proprietary Red 94 Wine Spectator 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon 93 "Rich and spicy, deep in plum- and currant-laced fruit, with touches of sage and licorice. Maintains its strength, while easing into a more supple ending." 2009 Proprietary Red 93 "Beautifully made, rich and fleshy, delivering dense, complex layers of red and black fruits, with blackberry, wild berry and boysenberry flavors. Intense and persistent, with a long, persistent finish."
The 2009 vintage wines are just beginning to open up, letting us see what they’re made of--power and finesse with unwinding layers. The 2009 Carte Blanche wines will age gracefully and reward those with patience. Over the next three to five years the wines’ tannin will begin to soften and open the door to the fruit’s evolution.