2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley
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Today’s Storybook Mountain Vineyards 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is stunning and elegant wine that is fantastically delicious.
On opening, the wine is slightly understated on the nose. Spin it in the glass and, after just a few turns, it springs to life, unleashing a plethora of dark fruit, spice and earth aromas. On the palate, the wine is incredibly elegant and flavorful. The entire experience is simply transcendental.
This wine is classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a wine to sip and sip. No food needed. While the wine pairs beautifully with food, we suggest that you try it all on its own for an extended period, drawing out the pleasure for as long as possible.
Deep, dense, nearly opaque crimson at its core, transitioning to a just-so-slightly lighter red at its edge.
Elegant and reserved on the nose, with just enough to hint at the promise to come on the palate. Leads with dark fruit notes of stewed plum and blackberry, balanced nicely with sweet tobacco, fresh cedar, and a hint of herbal tea.
Bold, rich, and robust on the palate, this is a true Napa Cabernet. Dark, concentrated notes of stewed black plum and black cherry are beautifully balanced with the fresh fruit notes of ripe blackberry. Beyond the initial fruit flavors, there is a wonderful undertone of dark chocolate, sweet spice, and the woodsy hint of a fresh spring forest floor.
Opulent, but in an understatedly elegant manner, with soft, velvety tannins. This wine is aged to perfection.
We would recommend something a bit exotic with this fantastic wine: a wild boar stew of carrots, golden potatoes, and freshly picked mushrooms, spiced with garlic, rosemary, and thyme. If you are not feeling as adventurous, a beef stew would pair just as beautifully.
What the Winery Says
The same structure, finesse, and purity of fruit that have long characterized Storybook Mountain Zinfandels are evident in Storybook Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. These qualities reflect the estate vineyard’s relatively cool climate, its clay-loam soils, and its easterly and northerly exposures. The style of the wines also reflects Jerry Seps’ preference for wines of moderate alcohol, intense, focused fruit and exemplary balance.
- Jerry Seps
- Napa Valley, California
- Aged in French, Hungarian, and American oak inside century-old caves
- Vineyard Farming
- Certified organic vineyards
About the Winery
Storybook Mountain has established a world-wide reputation for the consistently high quality of its wines. The Zinfandel tradition began at Storybook Mountain in the early 1880s when its red clay-loam hillsides in the Mayacamas Range were first planted to this varietal. Here, an ideal match of terroir and grape allows Zinfandel to show its true potential. Legend has it that all Storybook Zinfandels have happy endings.
Storybook Mountain’s sought-after estate wines are carefully hand-crafted from choice grapes grown in the certified organic estate vineyards surrounding the winery. They are aged at least 12 months in the best French, Hungarian and American oak barrels inside century-old caves dug deep into the mineral-rich volcanic rock underlying the hand-tended vineyard.
Winemaker Dr. J. Bernard Seps
Jerry and his wife Sigrid bought 90 acres of land surrounding a ghost winery that had been built in 1883, falling in love with the wild and abandoned landscape. They created their own winery and planted Zinfandel, the ideal match to their vineyard’s terroir. Their wines are famed for intensity and longevity. Raspberries, black cherries and spice are the essence of their complex, well balanced and elegant wines. Their 1984 Reserve became one of the highest rated Zinfandels in history.
Wine critic Robert Parker has described our Storybook Mountain estate as “One of the steepest, most picturesque vineyards in California.” Located at the top of Napa Valley four miles north of Calistoga and just a quarter-mile from the Sonoma County border, our estate vineyard reaches elevations approaching 2,000 feet on an eastern slope of the Mayacamas Mountain Range, creating an ideal eastern exposure characterizing many of the world’s most acclaimed vineyards.
The vineyard is divided into over 100 separate micro-blocks based on grape variety, sun exposure, rootstock and clone. Open to the morning sun, the vines easily ripen their fruit, yet their oblique angle to the hot afternoon sun tempers the heat spikes and heat accumulation that can bake grapes, leading to overripe flavors. Furthermore, the Russian River to the west funnels cooling afternoon breezes to our vineyard, resulting in temperatures often ten degrees cooler than in the valley below.
Sustainable Farming Practices
Rainfall patterns in our northernmost section of Napa Valley contribute to our estate vineyard’s singularity. During spring, the area north of Calistoga is among the rainiest in Napa County, often receiving twice as much precipitation as the cool-climate Carneros district in the southern end of the valley.
This amount of moisture – given our vineyard’s relative coolness and clay soils – means that most of our mature vines do not require irrigation, a blessing especially during drought years. Water conservation, however, is just one element of our commitment to sustainable farming. We are a Certified Organic vineyard and thus refrain from the use of insecticides, pesticides and commercial yeasts, instead using environmentally friendly farming techniques reflecting our determination to be responsible stewards of the land.