2009 Hensteeth Proprietary Red
California: Sonoma County
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Today’s rich, expressive, bold and delicious red blend comes to us from Hensteeth Winery. Their 2009 Hensteeth Proprietary Red is a complex wine, with big, dark flavors and dark, lovely aromatics. At better than 50% off, we do not hesitate in offering it to you with our heartiest recommendation.
A lovely blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Cabernet Franc (14%) and Petit Verdot (6%) with each grape really shining through on the nose and on the palate. The wine gets a wonderful, earthy quality form the Petite Verdot, and a lovely, juicy brightness from the Franc.
This wine is drinking exceptionally well, but we are certain that it will continue to evolve beautifully as it ages even further.
Decant for 30 minutes or more for a smoother and more fruit-forward overall experience.
Dark blackberry hues with a darker heart and a fine purple edge.
Layered and lush, lead by black cherry, blackberry compote, wild raspberry, stewed plum, dried strawberry, supple leather and a hint of dried tobacco.
Dark and smoky, with spiced black cherry, blackberry, plum, dark tobacco leaf, India black tea, dusty bramble, dark leather and dried leaves.
Long and flavorful with very persistant fruit. After a while, at the edges of the palate, a cooling, slightly wintergreen flavor and feel lingers on.
For a perfect textural pairing, enjoy this wine with braised brisket, or a rare filet mignon.
What the Winery Says
The 2009 HensTeeth is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot.
The wine is reddish purple in color with a purple rim. The aromatics show perfumed aromas of stone fruit, berries with a hint of mocha and tobacco. On the palate the wine is expressive with dark fruit flavors, black licorice, kirsch and layers of tobacco and leather on the finish.
With a very full mouth feel, the wine is complimented with a velvety textured tannins and impressive depth. The stone fruit flavors, couple with the smoky oak and bitter chocolate flavors on the finish.
The 2009 HensTeeth is approachable now and will cellar well for a decade or more.
About the Winery
Something precious and rare can be said to be “scarce as hens’ teeth”. That notion inspires our mission to make distinctive, limited production wines from exceptionally scarce grapes. The goal is simply to create an honest experience for people who appreciate nuanced, complex, and balanced wine.
Hensteeth is an underground movement in winemaking, dedicated to a different approach. Our focus is not at all typical, it’s a mindset that frees us to put product ahead of a business plan, resulting in wines we thoroughly enjoy and are proud to share. We put a lot of thought, effort, and relationship building into selecting the best fruit. Our purpose in the winery is bringing every bit of its potential to your glass.
We craft fine wines that are approachable now and will cellar well for a decade or more.
Winemaker Chris Taddei
Winemaker Chris Taddei is making big waves in the wine world with his amazing artisanal wines. It began with his desire to make the best Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County has ever produced. The diverse geology of Sonoma County and its topography have made it the ideal location to make world class wine for years but the grapes that are most often associated with the region have been Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Zinfandel to name a few.
If you were looking for an elegant, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon however, the choice was easy, go to the Napa Valley. Chris is now bringing wine lovers another choice.
Chris’ wife, Dana Taddei, was instrumental in providing her husband’s first significant exposure to California wines. This was an important shift for Chris, an Old World enthusiast whose point of reference was firmly established early on through his exploration of French wines, in that it eventually provided the foundation for his enthusiasm and eventual advocacy for the industry in Sonoma. Upon discovering the quality of the fruit produced on its mountaintops, he set out on a mission to realize what he vehemently believes is the region’s capability to make world-class Bordeaux varietal wines.