Lovely cherry, raspberry, plum, and boysenberry tones dominate the aromas of this very fruit forward Cabernet, which shows more subtle notes of vanilla and caramel as the wine evolves in the glass.


On the palate, the flavors of cocoa, berry jam, warm pecans and vanilla crème seem initially most forward, but complexing flavors of amaretto and caramel/butterscotch underscore the ripe fruit notes. The palate is broad and structural, with just enough grip to suggest age-worthiness.

Growing Conditions

The 2009 growing season began after a winter of close to normal rainfall, and with a welcome absence of the memorable spring frosts of 2008. The favorable conditions in the spring produced even, uniform vine growth, leading to a successful outcome to the critical bloom period. In many of the blocks at the JJ Cohn Estate, the crop load would have been excessive, and a focus was to bring the crop down to a level where ideal ripeness could be achieved. This process involved multiple passes through the vineyard to remove shoots and individual clusters, with an eye towards uniformity. The summer produced almost ideal growing conditions, with enough heat to develop the crop to maturity, but without any damaging temperature spikes. The result was perfectly and uniformly ripe fruit.


Harvested between September 28 and October 12, 2009.


Bottled in March, 2011 without fining or filtration.


The wine was fermented in small lots, then judiciously blended to create this complex offering.


The wine was aged in 85% new French oak barrels for approximately 16 months.