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Professional Ratings: 94 Wine Enthusiast, 93 International Wine Cellar, 93 Vinous / Antonio Galloni, 90 Wine Spectator
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.3%
Item no. 120611
The 2009 Branding Iron has beautiful, ripe fruit flavors of berry and black cherry that coat the palate. Elements of earth and spice, in combination with the vanillin from the oak, add layering. This wine has a classic Oakville structure, which is an indicator of good ageability, and the generous fruit profile allows one to enjoy the wine now but will surely reward those with a little patience.
Beautiful in every respect, this has ripe flavors of blackberries, blueberries and cassis. It shows the classic Oakville structure of firm, hard tannins, elegance and ageworthiness.
Full ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, licorice and spices complicated by medicinal herbs. Velvety and seamless in the mouth, combining a creamy richness with youthfully medicinal dark fruit and spice flavors. This chewy, concentrated wine finishes very long, with tooth-coating tannins that call for a good five or six years of cellaring. Strong potential here.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Branding Iron Vineyard is one of the richest and most powerful wines in this lineup from Nickel & Nickel. At the same time, it has plenty of near-term appeal. A dark, voluptuous wine, the 2009 flows with the essence of blueberry jam, blackberries, black currants, cloves, vanillin and violets. The Branding Iron is the most overtly fruit driven of Nickel and Nickel’s 2009s, yet there is plenty of underlying structure in the tannins. Ideally readers should give the 2009 another few years in the cellar to allow the tannins to start melting away. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.
A rough and tumble effort for now, but should smooth out, mixing rich dried currant and dark berry with potent loamy earth, dried herb, sage and cedar. Ends with fine detail. Best from 2014 through 2026.