J. Doran Vineyards
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley
Back to the Future
Today marks the third time that we are showing a J. Doran wine. With each new wine that we show, we fall in love a little bit more. Today’s 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is certainly the best J. Doran we’ve tasted to date.
A classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, this youthful wine shows off earthiness and bold fruit. The fruit is a little restrained, at first, but comes alive with decanting. In fact, we think that the fruit will evolve beautifully over the next few years.
Enjoy now, and lay a few bottles down. Pair with a roast game bird or a pepper crusted steak. A mushroom ragu over fresh tagliatelle would also be delightful.
Deep and mysterious with a dark purple heart and edges of dark garnet. The wine settles quickly when spun, leaving behind tall, slow-moving legs that crawl down the glass wall.
Dark and rich, with dark black cherry, bramble, blackberry compote and tea smoked plum. As the wine opens, it reveals dark dried leaves, dried blood rose petal, tobacco leaf and leather.
Reduced blackberry, picholine olive, black cherry and black cherry and mild tobacco leaf. Tea tannin and orange pekoe support a hint of black pepper and graphite at the edges of the palate.
Fine black tea tannin, tobacco, light olive and subtle savory herbs persist long after the black fruits have faded.
What the Winery Says
Our signature wine continues it’s impressive results. The Southern Yountville vineyard produces an intense & classic Napa Valley Cabernet, full bodied, ripe and balanced.
The palate is powerful & concentrated yet also shows an amazing mouth feel. Blackberry & other briary fruits glide across the palate while carrying hints of dark chocolate cedar & sandal wood.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines from the southern block of the Yountville Vineyard have produced a classic Yountville Appellation wine. Immediately noticeable in the glass are the soaring aromas of crème de cassis, warm saddle leather, slate-like minerality and subtle notes of tightly grained French oak. True to its vintage roots, the palate is powerful and concentrated yet also displays a measure of grace and an amazing mouthfeel. Blackberry and other briary fruit notes glide across the palate while carrying hints of camphor, dark chocolate, cedar and sandalwood.
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
Aged 19 months in French oak
50 cases produced
About the Winery
J. Doran Vineyards is a boutique regional producer of quality, hand crafted artisan wines. Started in 2004 by Christopher Doran, J. Doran wines is an example of how “one small thing can lead to another”. We create great quality wines that you want to share with friends and family, blending great quality and a relaxed flavor and feel, perfect for enjoying with a great meal or a great time.
Located in the historic Napa Valley, J. Doran Vineyards creates regional flavor while using the premium grapes and quality winemaking skills found only in the California Napa Valley wine country.
Winemaker Christopher Doran
Chris began making wine with Domenico Winery in San Carlos, CA. To gain more technical knowledge Chris attended UC Davis’s Small Vineyard Management program. He also needed more hands on experience and went to work as an intern at Myriad Cellars, Rivers Marie and Kobalt wineries. Using those invaluable experiences, Chris channeled what he learned into J. Doran Vineyards and today makes artisan, high quality, hand-crafted, small-batch wines.