Lot 285 | 2009 Napa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon

91 pts & Editors' Choice: Wine Enthusiast; Double Gold Medal: 2012 San Francisco Wine Competition; Gold Medal: 2012 Winemaker Challenge

$24.00

(8 Reviews)

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Lot 285 2009 Rutherford, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Lot 285 | 2009 Napa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon

$24.00

(8 Reviews)

Discounted shipping on 12 bottles. Free shipping on 24 or more.

Wine Details

The nose is sweet, focused and pure with ripe blackberry, raspberry and currant aromatics and an underlying sense of minerality. The palate is classically styled with pretty fruit and ripe tannins. We used about 40% new oak with this wine, mostly French with a tiny bit of Hungarian with a low to medium toast to lift the fruit. The result is a delicious Cabernet. It's a classically styled Rutherford Cabernet notable for its faceted complexity, purity of fruit, and outstanding balance. Of course the best is yet to come and this wine will age gracefully over the next decade.

  • Vintage
  • 2009
  • Appellation
  • Napa Valley
  • Grape
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 98%, Petit Verdot 2%
  • Alcohol by Volume
  • 14.5%
  • Cases Produced
  • 3000
  • Drink/hold
  • Now and through 2021
  • Release Email
Cam Confidential

Lot 285 2009 Rutherford District Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that we're required to keep under wraps. However, there are plenty of details I CAN tell you that cement this vineyard as one of the best in Napa Valley. This classic Rutherford site straddles the old Conn Creek drainage, which has deposited gravelly loam soils there for over thousands of years. What's interesting about this vineyard is how pinpoint the soil quality is; go a couple hundred yards in just about any direction and the fruit sells for about half the price. UPDATE: I passed on some mis-information. The vineyards was not planted by Andre Tchelistcheff but by an equally famous Napa personality. Unfortunately, I cannot name this person as it would disclose the source of the wine. I apologize for any confusion. What is not confusing is how great this wine is. Give it a try.

The 2009's from this vineyard have yet to be reviewed (there are quite a few high-end brands sourcing here), but I can tell you that of the 2007's and 2008's, I have not seen a score less than 93 with most in the 95-97 point range from both the Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate with prices ranging from $95/bottle to well over $400 at auction. I think these blocks are in the top 3% of Napa Valley pricing/quality and are clearly archetypal Rutherford Cabernet. In fact, Lot 285 2009 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon has already won a Double Gold medal in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. It certainly goes to show you how tough things were for growers in the Napa Valley in 2009, that even a vineyard like this had fruit available.

Reviews

8 Reviews Total

Tif

Raspberry fragrance upon opening. Great balance of blackberry fruit and earth.
Enjoyed the dryness.
Had this at my parents. Went to order more and saw it was sold out.

Geoff

Bought a couple of cases upon release. This wine has only continued to improve over time. My only regret is that I am now down to my final couple of bottles. What a great CAB.

Geoff

Bought a couple of cases upon release. This wine continues to improve. Sad to say, down to the last couple of bottles. A fabulous bottle of wine. Five stars.

Lisa

Verified Purchase

I had no idea (until just now, as I came to write this review) that this was still available or I'd have ordered it again, with my last case that was just delivered today.

Lovely wine! Drinking so nicely right now (we didn't decant...just aerated as we poured). Balance is what mostly comes to mind when I think of this. Not finding it fruit forward now...rather a nice balance of fruit and tannins. I hope it's still around when I make my next order. Great price on a great wine.

Janet

Opened a bottle with friends the other night and all agree it was incredible. The nose on this was so beautiful. I had stored it at room temp since I bought it in 2010 and it was still wonderful. Too bad it was my last bottle.

Rob from Oakland, CA

It has body and nose right out of the bottle. But decant and wait several hours and you'll be coming back for full mouth feel, complexity, and magic. You have to wait several hours, even a day. It becomes a different wine altogether. I bought a couple extra bottles to cellar.

love wine from chicago, il

Was expected lot more base on all the Gold metals.I like the lot 267 spring mountain better and it cost less.

Pablo19 from Northern California

Friend bought this off of Napacabs and brought 2 bottles. We drank this along with the 07' BV Tapestry and 06' Flora Springs Trilogy. What stood out for me was the excellent fruit - currants, raspberry, black fruit along with a nice medium long finish with firm tannins. My circle of drinkers are all longtime BV drinkers (Tapestry and Georges de Latour) and this definitely comes across Beckstoffer Georges III fruit. Not as complex as the Georges de Latour Private Reserve , but at 1/4 to 1/5th the price, this wine is a steal! Sorry about mentioning the vineyard, but I just wanted to let people know that if you're a Tapestry or Georges de Latour fan, this wine is for you. I can see this evolving nicely over the next 2-5 years. Buy some now for a more fruit forward wine or cellar it later and allow the tannins to evolve for a more complex wine. Well done.