2009 @cabernet sauvignon reserve
California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Valley
Where It's At
We have been featuring wines made by the beloved Robert Rex at Deerfield Ranch Winery for more than five years now, and we have grown to love both the extraordinary wines and the extraordinary talents and warmth of the entire Rex family. We are proud to introduce Robert’s new brand @wine today. Today’s 2009 @Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve drinks just like the higher-priced offerings we’ve seen under the Deerfield Ranch winery label.
A rich, right, mouth feeling wine, today’s reserve Cabernet Sauvignon really knocked our socks off. Certainly, we have come to expect great things from the winemaker of Deerfield Ranch, and when we learned that the new brand @wine included a reserve-tier wine, we jumped at the chance to review it. Boy are we glad that we did! Bold, well structured and delicious, this young wine is drinking beautifully, right now. It is also clear that this wine will continue to progress for at least another decade. With proper care, this one will only continue to improve, delivering even more elegance then it does today.
Enjoy this ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon, at a fraction of the price. Just act quickly, dear operative, as this fantastic Cyber Monday opportunity will be over when the wine sells out.
Beautiful maroon hues with the translucent quality that makes the wine seem to shimmered in the glass. Color is evenly concentrated from the core of the wine to the edge of the glass. After giving the wine a good swirl it settles quickly leaving behind a unique twin level of tears that retain the color of the wine as it moves slowly down the glass wall.
Rich and right, with bold blackberry, smoked cherry candy, settle leather, dark mocha, wild strawberry and sweet spice out in front. Additional aromas are revealed after you allow it to breathe. Sweetwood, earthy loam, black pepper and graphite follow on.
Sweet, rich and delicious, with sweet black cherry, smoky sweet black plum, blackberry, dried blueberry, subtle pine, mint and just a hint of black pepper all contributing to the intriguing flavors of this wine.
Oaks along with fresh fruits that gradually yield to dry fruits, spice and lush earthen elements. As plush tannins drive the pallet and pucker the lips a lovely graphite minerality dances on the tongue with black pepper, long after fruits fade.
What the Winery Says
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Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
About the Winery
Deerfield Ranch Winery, in Kenwood, the heart of Sonoma Valley, is an award winning, certified organic producer, crafting 15,000 cases annually. Winemaker Robert Rex, associate winemaker, Cecilia Valdivia and their team, make small lots of handcrafted wine from more than 26 carefully selected vineyards in Sonoma County.
Specializing in blended wines, Deerfield is at the forefront of this modern, yet traditionally based style and on the cutting edge of California winemaking techniques.
Deerfield wines are renowned for their brilliant colors, rich and wonderfully complex flavors and a long finish. They tend to be fruit forward, with gentle tannins and low acid. The wines are crafted to appeal to the new, younger wine drinker while exhibiting complexity and depth that a studied connoisseur will recognize and enjoy.
Winemaker Robert Rex
Robert Rex is a “Renaissance man” possessing a great palate and an exceptional talent for winemaking. He is a chemist, graphic designer, woodworker, and an accomplished gourmet cook.
Robert’s winemaking style has its roots in the great French wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. He believes that the blending of attributes creates the best wines. Grapes from complementary soil types and microclimates are often married to maximize varietal characteristics and complexity.
Blends can be of different varietals, grapes from varied appellations, distinct sections of one vineyard or from wines made from the same source but by varied techniques. Robert says that wine making is more like cooking than chemistry – and he makes wine like great chefs create great cuisine.
With the harvest of 2015, Robert celebrates 43 consecutive years of winemaking. Robert is consulting winemaker for several small wineries that make their wine at Deerfield. He teaches hands-on winemaking there too, several of his students have started their own wineries and attained their own renown.
At Deerfield Ranch Winery, we triple hand-sort all of our grapes to remove anything you wouldn’t feed to a baby. This reduces the toxins and bacteria. We keep a clean fermentation environment, and monitor the yeast for stress. As the yeast multiply rapidly we regularly feed them organic yeast food and supply them with oxygen to keep them growing happily.
Histamines are produced during the fermentation process by an interaction of the yeast and bacteria. By reducing bacteria in the fermenter Deerfield reduces the source of unwanted histamine production. The result is a cleaner wine, low in histamines and sulfites.
The FDA determined that about one percent of the population is allergic to sulfites and so required the “Contains Sulfites” label on wine. We make wine with very low levels of sulfite because elevated levels of sulfite may cause an allergic reaction.
Those who get headaches and have reactions to most wines can usually drink Deerfield wine.