2009 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Notes from the Winemaker, Cameron Parry
INTRODUCTION One of the historical attributes of the Montelena Estate Cabernet has always been its age-ability and longevity. Often though, this meant that the wine needed to be cellared before it showed its true beauty. Here at Montelena we’re all about the pursuit of excellence, and have been working to expand that window of drinkability through careful changes in how we farm, pick, and ferment the grapes from this magniÿcent property. By focusing on precision viticulture techniques, small fermentation lots, and early integration of barrels matched to the unique characteristics of each lot, we have been able to make the wine more approachable at a younger age, while retaining the core elements to ensure a long cellar life. ˜e only problem is that you may need more of it.
VINTAGE WEATHER Starting out with fairly typical spring weather, the growing season in 2009 was deÿned by the cool summer, with no major heat waves all season. Any warmer weather was immediately followed by a long, cool period. ˜e e˛ect was slow and steady ripening with long hang time and a later than average start to the harvest. ˜e heat eventually showed up in September, just in time to kick that ÿnal ripening stage into gear.
NOSE One look at the dense crimson ruby color and you know that this is a big wine. ˜e nose opens with big black cherry, currants, and plum spice cake notes. Underpinning all that fruit are layers of smoke, anise, and very subtle oak tones.
PALATE ˜e palate entry is soft and round, but builds quickly with loads of ÿne velvety tannin, huge black cherry, and red fruits that persist through to a rich ÿnish layered with spice and hints dried fruit.
FINISH A ÿrm core of acid and barrel spice integrate beautifully across all layers, enhancing the structure and balance of this massive but approachable wine.
HARVEST DATES September 16 – October 27
BLEND 98% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Cabernet Franc
BARREL AGING 22 months, 100% French, 34% new
BOTTLING DATE December 2011 RELEASE DATE Spring 2013 WINEMAKER Cameron Parry