Black Coyote Wines
2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley: Atlas Peak
A special note from Agent Red: Greetings, dear Operative! You may have missed the 2007 Black Coyote, but guess what? I think that this 2009 is even better. Please read my full review:
We give this extraordinary wine our highest and most hearty recommendation and encourage you to act very quickly. We only have a few cases left and once we sell out, this wine wil be gone forever.
Today’s 2009 Black Coyote Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon earned a well-deserved 95 Point score from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. With a rating this high, it is almost impossible to find this fantastic wine. We are skilled, though, at sleuthing our rare finds and we are very pleased to make all remaining cases available to you.
Where the 2007 was akin to a fine cigar, this wine is more like a 7 course meal, with bigger flavors, a fuller mouthfeel and a more juicy and lengthy finish. This wine is so good that our tasting panel found itself ‘forgetting’ to spit this wine between sips. The fruit is perfectly framed and really ripe. A true gem of a wine.
Act quickly… We are nearly sold out!
Pair this remarkable wine with steak tartare or elk tenderloin.
Regal dark purple with a darker core of deepest maroon. The wine settles very quickly after a hearty swirl, leaving behind widely-spaced tears that move slowly down the glass.
Fruit-driven and concentrated and very lush with deep cassis, sweet blueberries, dark cherry, black plum skin. Underneath, sweet oak, cedar.
Fruit-forward on the palate, as well. Big, fresh blueberry, black cherry, boysenberry, chocolate covered cherries and blueberries. Sweet tobacco, subtle leather and dark brown spice appear after some hearty swirling.
Long and sustained with black fruit that lasts forever. Perfectly integrated tannins give the wine a very plush and elegant feel.
What the Winery Says
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Our 2009 Cabernet is made with 100% Cabernet grapes from 3 of the most prestigious Napa Valley Appellation: Atlas Peak, Stag’s Leap, and Rutherfod. We showcase their uniqueness of climate and soils by hand selecting the best clones and rootstocks in the area for our Reserve. The now present tannis indicate this wine will only get better with age. Decanting is recommended.
Production: 600 cases
Oak: 65% New French
Aged: 22 Months in Barrel
Appellation: Napa; Atlas Peak, Stag’s Leap and Rutherford
About the Winery
Dr. Ernest Bates found his refuge in the Napa Valley in 1997 and inspired by the vines. “I’ve always enjoyed fine wine and being inspired by the vineyards on my Napa property, I decided to create one of the first African American wineries in the Valley.” He saw the wine industry and the Napa Valley lifestyle to be a refreshing break from his work in the competitive world of medicine and medical supplies. So in 2000, he formed the Black Coyote label with a few close friends.
Over the last few years, Dr. Bates and his partners have followed the latest trends in wine production. They slowly developed a plan and philosophy dedicated to producing some of the finest wines that the Napa Valley has to offer.
“This partnership is more like a fraternity, because we are friends focused on crafting special wines that reflect the greatness of the Napa Valley, California’s premier grape growing region,” explains Dr. Bates. “We are having fun and we are making truly wonderful wines.”
Initially, they focused on making a great cabernet sauvignon. It began with sourcing cabernet grapes from Atlas Peak, an appellation known for its rocky, volcanic soils that lies north-east from Napa Valley. Even though it is fully exposed to sunlight throughout the day, our Atlas Peak vineyard sits at 1,800 feet of elevation so average temperatures are ten degrees cooler than on the Valley floor. The unique growing conditions, soil type and selected clones have helped create perfectly developed Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
Black Coyote produces 600 to 800 cases of its signature Black Coyote Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon depending on vintage. Black Coyote’s prized 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is the winner of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition’s Double Gold Medal, the 2009 XVII Concurso International Gold Medal, and Gold Medal and Best of the Best in the 2009 5th Annual Key Biscayne Wine and Food Festival.