Deerfield Ranch Winery
2009 Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Sonoma Valley
It’s not often we use words like sexy and seductive to describe wines, but when it comes to Deerfield, anything less just feels a bit wanting. Today’s 2009 Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous wine, and one we couldn’t wait to bring to you.
Agent Red scored an exclusive offering of today’s standout Sonoma Cab, so today is your chance to grab Deerfield’s newest release before anyone else. Please don’t wait! We have a feeling that there are quite a few Operatives - not to mention the Agents here at Wine Spies HQ - who are scrambling to grab every last bottle they can.
An inky, nearly perfectly opaque deep scarlet through and through, with the faintest touch of lightness at the edge.
A lovely nose on this wine, with blackberry, red and black currants, and black cherry joining hints of espresso bean, deep dark chocolate, dried herbs, black peppercorn, and dried fallen leaves.
Luxurious full flavors that are everything you hope for in a Cabernet. Deep dark fruit notes of sweet black cherry and blackberry compote mingle with dried rose petal, dusty dark chocolate, black licorice, espresso bean, and a touch of saddle leather.
A gorgeous and seductive wine that simply begs to be sipped. The wine is incredibly soft on entry, with juicy fruit flavors that slowly fade to a slightly drying hint of earth at the very end.
We recommend a roasted duck breast, drizzled with a plum reduction. But, truthfully, this wine is delicious enough to pair with any number of meals.
What the Winery Says
The color is deep, dark and brilliant. The nose is true to Cabernet with a bit of leather, and very little earth. The taste is bold, with long linear strokes from front to back. The tannin is definitely Cabernet typical but without being obtrusive or dominant. All the elements are harmonious and integrated. You have to look for the oak; it is so much a part of the whole experience. The wine is dry yet gentle for a Cab. It has great balance across the pallet, every corner sensitized, no wholes or blanks. The berry flavors are in the center of the palate and lead to a long finish.
Each lot was fermented and aged separately. After triple sorting the handpicked grapes, a fermentation protocol, from yeast selection, to temperature control, feeding, oxygenation, and maceration times was implemented for each lot. We age many of our red wines longer in the barrel than any other American winery. Long barrel aging not only softens tannins and integrates flavors into a balanced harmony, it also concentrates the wine, by about 6% per year by evaporation through the barrel. This allowed the 09 reds to achieve richness and depth that shorter barrel aged wines can never attain. The results are worth the effort, the expense and the wait.
- Robert Rex
- Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County
- Fruit Variety
- 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
- 100% Certified Organic
About the Winery
Deerfield Ranch Winery is an award-winning winery located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley at Kenwood. We specialize in small lots of handmade wine from select Northern California vineyards. Currently we have 17 vineyards under contract and make as many as 40 separate lots of wine from those vineyards.
We make several wine varietals and blends, something for everyone, a wine for every occasion Production lots vary from 250 cases to 1000 cases. We will produce about 8,000 cases in 2005, and plan to grow to a maximum of 25,000 cases per year in our New Winery.