Firm and intense, with a dense, focused mix of dried berry, cedar, sage and currant. Gains and expands, acquiring generosity and texture while remaining tannic. Best from 2014 through 2026.
Good full ruby-red. Complex aromas of crushed blueberry, wild resiny herbs ("western chaparral," says Wesley Steffens), cedar, tobacco, mint and leather. At once chewy and delicate in the mid-palate, with strong spicy lift to the redcurrant and tobacco leaf flavors. Youthfully unevolved, but the building tannins are nicely detailed and supported by the wine's intensity. Seems more refined than past vintages of this wine; this may well merit a higher score with five to seven years of cellaring. 92(+?) points.
**Cellar Selection** Vineyard 7&8’s Spring Mountain Estate Cabernets require aging to show their best, and so it is with this 2009. It’s dry, tannic and unrewarding now due to its astringency and acidity. But it has a terrific heart of blackberries and minerals that’s vast and rich—indicative of great growing conditions. It should begin to come into its own after 2015.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes across as sweet, voluptuous and sexy. It possesses striking inner perfume and fabulous expressiveness in its dark red fruit. Supple, silky tannins frame the exceptionally elegant finish. The 2009 is an immensely appealing, dazzling wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. (AG)
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