2009 Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even sexier than the 2008, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as considerably sweeter and rounder than its older sibling. Layers of expressive fruit linger on the radiant, juicy finish. This is an especially open and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. The sweet tannins should allow it to drink beautifully upon release. The blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(includes 12% merlot, 8% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot): Deep ruby. Smoky cherry and dark berries on the highly perfumed nose. Plush and open-knit, offering ripe blackberry and cherry flavors and hints of candied licorice and sweet chewing tobacco. Picks up a minty nuance with air and finishes with a suave vanilla quality and smooth, harmonious tannins. This drinks very well now but there's plenty of depth to see it through a decade of age, no problem.
If the name and locale for this "Eden" seem oddly familiar, it's for good reason. Domaine Eden was purchased by K&L favorite Mount Eden back in 2007, though the estate was founded in 1983 by Tom Mudd, who modeled it after the famous estate.