Posts Tagged 2009

2009 Clos de la Tech Pinot Noir, Domaine Lois Louise Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains

The color in the glass is a nearly opaque crimson with a streak of violet. The heady nose is full of fleshy black cherry, strawberry compote, and black plum fruit, followed by celery stalk and a sprinkling of baking spices and polished leather from... Read more

Two Remarkable… But Distinct… Vintages from Wakefield Estate

With all of the advancements in technology — both in the vineyard and in the cellar — some are of the opinion that vintages don’t matter anymore. But as our tasting of two recent vintages of Wakefield Estate’s “The Visionary” Cabernet... Read more

2009 Wakefield Estate ‘The Visionary’ Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Exceptional Parcel Release,’ Clare Valley Estate, Australia

Tightly wound upon opening, this wine takes a full day to open up fully, ultimately revealing impressions of coffee grounds, blackberry, boysenberry, currant, dark flowers and black olive tapenade. It has very fine grained tannins and juicy acidity,... Read more

The Ante Is Upped with Kenwood’s 2010 ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet

We have been fans of Kenwood Vineyards’ “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon for more than a quarter-century. As with all wines that have been around for a while, some years have been better than others, and there were a few vintages when the... Read more

2009 Corralitos ‘La Tache Clone’ Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

In its brief history, Corralitos Wine Company has established a pattern of releasing its Pinot Noir bottlings about six months to a year after other wineries. So while we’re seeing plenty of 2010, 2011 and even 2012 Pinots in the marketplace,... Read more

2009 Elderton Shiraz, Barossa

Opaque black, lightening to translucent purple at the rim. Aromas of mint-laced cranberry sauce, boysenberry, and blueberry explode from the glass, followed by thick black licorice. It is lush in the mouth, superbly balanced, and continues to pump... Read more

2009 Peter Lehmann ‘Stonewall’ Shiraz, Barossa, Australia

The world of wine is not static; it’s ever evolving. Throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium, red wines from Australia had a justifiable reputation as “fruit bombs.” Now, however, the trend Down Under is toward a more elegant style,... Read more

2009 Duckhorn ‘Howell Mountain’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Duckhorn ages its Howell Mountain-designated Cabernet a year longer than its Napa Valley bottling prior to release, and the 2009 vintage is a superb wine. Opaque dark purple in color, lightening at the rim, this wine has a rich nose of vanilla,... Read more

2009 Hess Collection ‘19 Block Cuvee,’ Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

Grapes grown in 19 blocks within The Hess Collection’s highest-altitude vineyard on Mount Veeder provided the “raw materials” for this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, which also includes Malbec (20% of the cuvee), Syrah (9%), Merlot (7%) and... Read more

2009 J. Lohr ‘Cuvee PAU,’ Paso Robles

This Pauillac-style blend — featuring four of the varieties commonly found in those Bordeaux cuvees — is already throwing significant sediment... a sign of longevity for wine lovers possessing great patience. For the rest of us, this Cabernet... Read more