The 2009 vintage produced wonderful wines, both red and white, as the vintage came close to ideal. There were steady, moderate temperatures throughout the growing season and no desiccating heat spikes. Our sixth vintage from this small, outstanding vineyard on the lower slopes of the eastern Oakville hills. "Pedregal" means a rocky place in Spanish, and that is certainly a distinguishing feature of the site. During 2008 we agreed to a long-term lease of this vineyard which gives us complete control even through any change in ownership, so this is the second vintage we've directed farming ourselves (we converted to organic).
Rich and gutsy, but also refined and stylish, with an initial push of rocky and roasted herb-laced currant and dried berry flavors, maintaining its dry savory character on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2028. 576 cases made.
From a site in Oakville, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard is another huge, intense wine that also possesses wonderful nuance and delineation, a rare attribute for such a big Cabernet. Espresso, mocha, black cherries, grilled herbs and sweet spices lead to a huge core of blue/black fruit in this brooding, full-bodied wine. There is a lot to like in the 2009 Pedregal, but I can't imagine the wine being fully expressive until at least age ten. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039.
Pungent, ripe aromas of cassis, mocha, pipe tobacco and licorice pastille. Large-scaled, sappy and surprisingly elegant, with bright acidity giving lift and clarity to the velvety flavors of dark berry preserves, plum and cocoa. Sweet, penetrating and alluringly floral on the ripe, gently tannic, extremely long finish.
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