Carte Blanche Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
SKU: 09CARTEBLANCHE

Carte Blanche Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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750ml
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The 2009 Carte Blanche Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon reflects vineyard selections from both Oakville's valley floor and Calistoga's rocky hillside. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reveals the delicate balance of ripe dark fruits, plush velvety tannins from Beckstoffer's Missouri Hopper Vineyard, and savory notes, structure and minerality from the McBride Vineyard. McBride's 6% Petite Verdot provides a base note, depth and nuance. With each harvest, we will blend the finest fruit from each block utilizing our Bordeaux varietals to complete our signature Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose reveals ripe, dark fruits of blackberry and red currants with background hints of lead pencil, mocha and black tea leaf. On the palate, the texture is silky and the attack is broad. Velvety tannins showcase black currant and cassis, with high notes of black cherry. Bittersweet chocolate and tobacco linger on the finish. Ample structure of fine grain tannins will allow for cellar aging.
Wine Enthusiast
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This is the very definition of a modern cult-style Napa Cabernet. It's extraordinarily rich and flavorful in blackberries, blueberries, cassis and chocolate, while the jacket of tannins is as soft and velvety as modern winemaking can achieve. It doesn't seem likely to age beyond 2015.

Steve Heimoff, September 1, 2012
Wine Advocate
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The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon caresses the palate with deep layers of dark red fruit, rose petals, smoke and espresso. It is a bit more voluptuous and sexy than the 2008 in its sleek, polished personality. All of the elements flow gracefully to the huge, textured finish. The 2009 is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.

Antonio Galloni, December 2011
Wine Spectator
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Rich and spicy, deep in plum- and currant-laced fruit, with touches of sage and licorice. Maintains its strength, while easing into a more supple ending. Denser, sturdier and more powerful than the Proprietary Red, which is Right Bank inspired. 400 cases made.

James Laube, October 15, 2012