For most of the 2009 harvest in Napa Valley, things went smoothly,capping a summer of mild, steady weather. Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed ideal growing conditions until October, when a pair of strong storms dumped enough rain to worry growers. Those who picked before the storms were excited about the young wine’s color, flavor, acids and tannins. Those allowed to hang and continue to ripen following the rain were rewarded with balanced wines showing dynamite colors, extraction and flavor.
2009 Dead Man’s Hand Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Bold and powerful aromas of ripe blackberry, plum and Bing cherry with just a touch of cassis jump out of the glass. As the wine opens up, the luscious fruit wraps itself around the sweet toasted oak. Layers of juicy ripe fruit flavors linger seductively on a foundation of smooth integrated tannins and bright acidity.
Appellation: 100% Napa Valley
Varietal: 100% Cab Sauv
Cooperage: 50% New French Oak, 50% Used French Oak
Production: 450 Cases