Since our founding in 1978, we have proudly produced appellation Cabernets that showcase the unique character of those regions and our Estate Vineyards within them. It was only eleven years ago that we were able to add the Howell Mountain AVA to the list of our estate vineyards but the results have been worth the wait.
Our nine-acre Las Posadas vineyard features south-east facing plantings and the rocky, well-drained volcanic soils that force a vine to dig deep for water and nutrients, producing smaller, intensely-flavored berries as a result. Despite strong afternoon sun, the climate tends to be cooler because of altitude and maintains acidity throughout ripening.
Harvest and Winemaking
With steadily mild temperatures throughout the growing season, the 2009 vintage progressed very smoothly and the clusters ripened evenly. The berries were harvested mid-October and underwent our rigorous sorting process before crush. After fermentation was completed, the wine was transferred to 50% new French oak barrels to age for 18 months prior to bottling.
This bright ruby wine delights the nose with the mouth-watering aromas of sweet red cherry, juicy red currant and roasted red plum fruits, supported by cinnamon spice, creamy vanilla and fragrant briar. The wine enters the palate smoothly with luscious berry pie, crushed raspberry and juicy cassis flavors laced with delicate touches of nutmeg, fine cocoa and clove. These flavors last through the long and rich finish, supported by the familiar ’Rutherford dust” quality through to the end.
Rounded and bold, this bottling will show gorgeously alongside an equally hearty offering, such a Peppercorn and Sea Salt Strip Steak from our friends at Kansas City Steaks served with truffled polenta and roasted seasonal vegetables. For an unforgettably delicious cheese course, try this vintage with a dry, salty cheese like a 5-year aged Gouda.