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Professional Ratings: 94 The Wine Advocate, 92 International Wine Cellar, 91 Wine Spectator
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Boutique Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 116024
Saturated ruby in color, the wine has a crystalline minerality that cuts through the entire experience. It has some nice savory notes of sweet tobacco, camphor and wild mint wrapped around a pure purple fruited core. It's not a weighty wine but one more driven by focus where all the elements present are very clearly delineated.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Amoenus, which I previously tasted from barrel when it was a lot more open, has shut down completely (as a lot of 2009s seem to be doing). Full-bodied and rich, it reveals notes of damp earth, blackberries and creme de cassis as well as a distinctive terroir character. Although there are elevated tannins, they seem relatively sweet and not the least astringent. Nevertheless, this cuvee has gone into a firm, closed state and several years of bottle age is recommended. It should keep for 15-25 years.
Bright, dark ruby. Aromas of black cherry, licorice and minerals. A very rocky style in the mouth, with distinctly black flavors of dark berries, violet and minerals. Less pliant and deep than the Materium but in a more powerful style, finishing with serious tannic spine and lingering violet perfume. A rather cool site that's open to afternoon breezes from the west. Well worth following.
A dry, earthier expression of dried currant, sage and cedar notes, this gains depth, richness and dimension, yet remains focused on the core flavors of crushed rock and dried berry. Best from 2014 through 2024.