2009 Arrowood Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon packs serious punch. Juicy dark berries, plums, raspberry jam, grilled herbs, tobacco, cedar and sweet spices jump from the glass. The 2009 opens up beautifully with a little air. The style remains hearty and at times a bit rustic, but there is nevertheless plenty to admire here. The 2009 is predominantly Sonoma Valley fruit (85%) and includes a dollop of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. This is an exceptional level of quality for a wine with a production level in excess of 10,000 cases. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Smoky, spice-accented aromas of candied cherry and redcurrant, with vanilla and mocha nuances coming up with air. Velvety and open-knit, with appealing sweetness to its red fruit preserve flavors. Gentle tannins shape a smooth finish that repeats the smoky note.
Offers a snappy mix of vibrant red and dark berry flavors. Zesty acidity keeps the wild berry, boysenberry and raspberry flavors lively, ending with refreshing tannins. Drink now through 2021.
Arrowood winemaker as of 2010, Heidi von der Mehden made this wine as associate winemaker under the direction of this Sonoma Valley winery's namesake, Dick Arrowood, in 2009. 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. 40% new French oak.