Leese - Fitch
2009 California Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet in color, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon blend presents aromas of fresh roasted hazelnuts, espresso, cherry liquor, and black currants. In the mouth, this Cabernet blend exudes deep blackberry notes with toffee, dark cherry, Dutch cocoa, tea leaf, and fig compote. On the finish, there are rich tannins, caramel oak notes, toasted coconut, and black raspberry with mouthwatering acidity. Our Monterey Cabernet was sourced from a warm vineyard on the northeastern side of Monterey County. This fruit was the last of our 2009 vintage to come off the vine, as a result, produced wines with a lot of color and brilliant fruit. 2009 Paso Robles Cabernet contributes depth and mouthfeel as well as dusty Paso Robles terrior that comes across in the brambly nature of this blend. The Clarkburg Cabernet came off the vine at the end of October and didn’t miss a hitch; this leg adds structure to the blend. River Junction Cabernet adds ripe blackberry flavors, with the addition of River Junction Syrah, to round out the tannins and add cherry fruit notes. Monterey Tempranillo brings tea leaf flavors and good terrior influences. Last but not least, Lodi Alicante Bouchet and Petite Sirah add great color to the overall blend.
This wine would go great with an open-faced steak sandwich with caramelized onions and shaved asiago cheese alongside an arugula salad studded with dried cherries and candied pecans. Lamb meatballs over soft polenta with an oven roasted tomato sauce and dried black olives or Korean BBQ ribs with all the fixings would be a great option.
Cabernet Sauvignon; 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, 5% Tempranillo, 2% Alicante Bouchet, and 2% Petite Sirah
California; 32% Monterey, 23% Paso Robles, 21% Clarksburg, 14% River Junction, and 10% Lodi
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