Arrowood Vineyards & Winery
2009 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Sonoma County
Today’s outstanding 2009 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon comes to us from the venerable Arrowood Vineyards & Winery. Founder Richard Arrowood is in many ways the founding father of Sonoma Cabernet, working exclusively in Sonoma County for over 45 years, including over 15 years as master winemaker at Chateau St. Jean.
Today’s 92 Point (Stephen Tanzer) wine is beautifully layered, with lush flavor after lush flavor leaping from the glass with each successive sip. If ever there was a wine that screamed for a perfectly grilled steak, today’s wine is it! The juicy fruit and subtle earthen flavors in today’s wine will pair beautifully with a charcoal-grill seared steak (our mouths are watering just thinking about it!).
Please accept our boldest recommendation for today’s outstanding Cabernet. Today’s Sonoma offering just may give the best of Napa a run for its money!
Bold, lush crimson, with slight flecks of magenta.
Heady and delightfully full aromas of bright red fruit, highlighted by dark cherry and strawberry, are quickly followed by eucalyptus, dried rose petals, cherry cola, sweet aged leather, and lightly roasted coffee bean.
Lush and very richly layered flavors abound in this wine, with dark fruit, spice, and earth each showing beautifully. Blackberry, dark cherry, and sweet plum join toasty oak, sweet vanilla bean, dark baking spices, saddle leather, cedar wood cigar box, cocoa powder, and hints of dried herbs to create one delicious flavor profile.
Smooth on entry, with well integrated tannins and lovely structure. The dark fruit notes linger, slowly giving way to lasting hints of subtle spice on the tip of the tongue.
Garlic and fresh herb dry rubbed hanger steak, grilled to perfection and served with homemade fingerling potato salad.
What the Winery Says
As with previous vintages, our 2009 Sonoma County Cabernet shines aromatically with rich, dark fruit and beautifully integrated notes of oak. As it opens up, there are layers of red berries, rose petals, black cherries, leather, mocha and mint. The palate is sleek and concentrated with dark fruit, spice, cola and cedar. The finish is framed by bright acids and big, juicy tannins.
92 Point Review - Stephen Tanzer …Powerful aromas of black and blue fruits, vanilla and smoky oak spices.
- Heidi von der Mehden
- 92 Points - Stephen Tanzer
- Sonoma County, California
- Vineyard Sources
- 85% Sonoma Valley, 12% Alexander Valley, 3% Knights Valley
- Fruit Variety
- 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
- 24 months in French oak
About the Winery
Winemaking is a unique process; it is both an art and a science. The creation of wine is dependent upon the land from which it comes, the weather and soil in a particular location and the winemaking techniques. Each individual at Arrowood plays an important role in creating our distinctive wines. It is due to the relationship between our people, our land, the seasons and the weather, that the wines we create belong in the company of the great wines of the world.