Fresh, high-toned aromas of blackberry, fig, floral spice, earth, flint and cocoa introduce intense, focused black fruit flavors
and dark chocolate tones, bright acidity and full body.
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Each of the four distinctive vineyard blocks that produce this wine, located in the gently sloping western benchlands in the
Oakville AVA, is planted with a different clone. Grapes are hand harvested at night, then each lot is separately fermented
and barrel aged before blending to forge a uniquely complex and harmonious wine. After the grapes were crushed, they
underwent a two-day cold soak, followed by a stainless steel fermentation with a cultured French yeast strain to enhance
texture, depth and intensity. The wines then underwent a three-week maceration before maturing for 22 months in
French oak barrels (48% new).
Wine maker notes
We craft our Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon from four special blocks of vines – each planted to a different clone – grown in the acclaimed Vine Hill Ranch in Napa Valley's gently sloping western benchlands near Oakville. We have purchased these grapes for over 30 years, and they have consistently produced superb, long-lived wines. Each block is hand-harvested separately at night to preserve the fruit's fresh, pure character, and fermented and barrel-aged separately. After assessing the distinctive personality of each lot, we blend them together to forge a uniquely complex and harmonious wine that speaks eloquently of its provenance.
Our 2009 Vine Hill Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a beautifully deep, dark ruby hue and characteristically intense, youthfully brooding black fruit aromas complemented by wonderfully complex scents of earth, slate, mineral, spice and cocoa. Dense, sinewy and immensely concentrated on the palate, it offers extremely rich boysenberry, fig, wild blackberry, plum compote and cassis flavors accented by the intriguing earth, mineral and spice tones that suffuse its long, flavor-packed finish. Although this classic Napa Valley single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is wonderfully appealing now, its incredible depth, length and intensity suggest it will develop beautifully in bottle for at least a decade.
Excellent with rich red meats, oxtail stew and venison.
The Cakebreads show their commitment to quality through their years of family teamwork, their stewardship of the land, their care in growing and vinifying individual lots of grapes for each wine and their public programs for healthy living. The result is a world-class winery that crafts distinctive wines and welcomes dedicated visitors year after year.
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