2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley
The Beautiful Duckling
Congratulations to Canard Winery, whose wines fetched one of the highest per-bottle prices at the prestigious Premiere Napa Valley charity auction. Their lot of Cabernet Sauvignon earned $13,000 for local Napa charities.
With the excitement and success of that, we are equally pleased to present to you the wonderfully delicious 2009 Canard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
An age-worthy, elegant and delicious wine, this is classic Napa Cabernet - at a price that won’t break the bank. Canard has done a truly wonderful job with this wine and we give it our highest Wine Spies recommendation to those fans of Napa Cabernet.
Despite the seemingly high alcohol, this wine does not present as hot at all. In fact, we were barely aware of the alcohol at all. Instead our tasting panel focused on the ripe fruit and earthy spice that this wine exudes.
Pair as you would any bold Napa Cabernet. We’ll be enjoying our sample bottles with a pepper crusted t-bone steak but a claypot cassoulet would also be a delightful treat.
Dark, brooding and opaque with deep, moody black purple hues, all the way from core to a fine ruby ring at the edges. Tall, wine-stained tears fall very slowly down the glass wall.
Richly aromatic with a wonderful balance of dark fruit, earth, spice and minerals. Fruits of blueberry, blackberry and black cherry mingle with brown spice, tomato stem, celery root, cocoa dust, and subtle salty rock.
Robust deep and delicious, bursting with blackberry, black plum, black cherry, cassis and dried blueberry. These flavors are followed by dried mission fig, clove, cinnamon stick, allspice, dried rose petal and salt licorice. Chewy tannins give the wine a luscious and plush overall feel.
Ultra long and lingering with a very elegant overall finish. Subtle sage, spice and black licorice fall off in even proportion with the dark fruits.
What the Winery Says
This full bodied, deep garnet Cabernet Sauvignon is dense and rich with long soft tannins and a smooth integrated structure. Classic Napa Valley, the wine is aged in French oak to create roundness and an age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon. Shows black fruits, a touch of chocolate and notes of holiday spice on the nose. The palate is rich with black berry pie, figs, smoked meats and hints of sage brush. This wine will age easily 10+ years.
Appellation: Napa Valley: Calistoga, CA
Aging: 19 months in French Oak (50% New)
Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Release Date: June 15, 2012
Cases Produced: 600 cases
About the Winery
Canard Vineyard has been quietly producing small production, hand crafted wines for almost thirty years. Each year they produce seven unique wines: Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Throwback, Adam’s Blend, The Rescuer, the Reserve Zinfandel and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. All of their wines are produced from estate grown grapes which are skillfully transformed into the finest expression of each varietal.
They are dedicated to creating wines of distinction with an emphasis on quality over quantity.
Winemaker Brian Graham
Brian grew up and attended college in Texas. While in college Brian managed a wine store to make ends meet, ultimately falling in love with wine. For the next five years he sold wine retail and also as a distributor for several famous French wineries.
Brian decided to move to France to learn how to make wine in 1995. He attended the University of Bordeaux while working at several small Chateaux in Bordeaux and Burgundy, all the while soaking in the old world style of wine-making. While still living in France Brian attended the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust in London, flying back and forth for classes.
Brian moved to Napa in 1997, continuing his education at Napa College and working for several wineries and winemakers of distinction before turning his attentions to specializing in small family-owned projects with unique terroirs.
Situated on the Northwest corner of Dunaweal Lane and the Silverado Trail in Calistoga, the twenty-five acre property is considered a historic vineyard in Napa Valley. The residence at Canard was built in 1859 and quickly became the center of social activity in the area during the late 1800’s.
Zinfandel was planted over 120 years ago and, remarkably, those dry farmed vines still stand, yielding a small quantity of incredibly elegant fruit which goes into our highly coveted Reserve Zinfandel. Over the years, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and of course our Cabernet Sauvignon were planted and have been meticulously cared for using painstaking but extremely effective vineyard practices.
Creating wine at this level demands a great deal of discernment and sacrifice and most of it takes place in the vineyard. The result is the culmination of what man and nature can do when they work together in harmony.