2009 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Corona Vineyard
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2009 Rivers-Marie "Corona Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville -- 150 cases produced, 14.2% alcohol, 100% new French oak
We thought this would be bottled separately in 2008 but now seeing the quality of the 2009, I’m glad we waited. This is the single vineyard Cabernet we’ve been waiting to launch our program around. Located off of Oakville Grade in the western hills of Oakville, the vineyard sits at the base of an old pea gravel quarry. The first time I smelled the wine it reminded me of a modern Martha’s Vineyard with elements of menthol and eucalyptus layered into a rich, black-fruited core. The site contributes white flower and minerally notes which balance the richness and give the wine some muscle. The most structured of the three wines, this will go a while in the cellar but the balance (and if you like raw power) makes this enjoyable now with a substantial decant. We feel privileged to be working with such a great site in this prestigious neighborhood.