Ripe, silky tannins frame an expressive core of dark red fruit, flowers, mint and sweet spices in the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Bisou. The 2009 shows the typical flavor profile of this site, but with more volume and depth than has often been the case. All of the aromas and flavors build effortlessly to the rich, creamy finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. These are the finest wines I have tasted from James and Michelle Johnson, and their winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. Over the years I have probably tasted every wine from this small 3-acre property in one of the cooler parts of St. Helena, but these wines are a step up from previous releases. Sometimes things take time. Unfortunately the 2010 and 2011 fruit has been sold to another top St. Helena winery, so there may not be any future releases from James Johnson Vineyards. The property was originally planted in 1989 with the Grace clone. Two additional acres were planted in 2000 with clones 4 and 337. It would be great to see this project move forward. (AG)
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