2009 Beaulieu Vineyards (BV) Cabernet Sauvignon 375 ml

Year: 2009
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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Winery Notes:
Rich and velvety from the 2009 vintage’s long hangtime, our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon displays lush notes of deep blackberry, plum, black cherry and dark chocolate. Hints of cedar chest and vanilla-oak from barrel aging harmonize with the dark-fruit expression. Our winemaker likes to ratchet up Cabernet Sauvignon’s fruitiness and spiciness with a big splash of Syrah. While mellow enough to enjoy now, this Cabernet Sauvignon has plenty of structure to stand up to smoky grilled flank steak or sharp cheddar cheese.

To obtain layers of flavors in this Cabernet Sauvignon, we selected vineyards from the 26-mile length of Napa Valley, with a focus on our BV Rutherford and Calistoga ranches. The diverse soils and microclimates found in the valley, as well as the various clones and cultivation techniques, contribute to the personalities of each Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. We also selected a favorite vineyard that yields intensely fruity Syrah, and a block of Merlot with exceptionally plush tannins and black-cherry character.

After the grapes were destemmed and crushed, we fermented the must in stainless steel tanks until dry. Following malolactic fermentation, we pressed the wines and transferred them to toasted 60-gallon oak barrels for a year of aging, selecting Hungarian, American and French barrels to achieve a complex array of oak spices. Then we blended together the vineyard-lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, adding Syrah and Merlot to enhance the wine’s lush texture and flavor profile.

Although Napa Valley’s winter and spring rainfall was only about two-thirds of normal, the timing of the rains was excellent for the vines. Moderate temperatures during the growing season produced excellent fruit quality by allowing the grapes to reach optimum maturity and maintain acidity. After a frost-free early spring, ideal conditions prevailed during bloom and berry set in May, and then the clusters ripened through summer’s sunny days and cool nights.