2009 Sojourn "Proprietary Cuvee" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
***Cellar Selection*** This is marked by intense flavors of blackberry, cherry and currant, with sweet smoky oak, firm, furry tannins and brisk acidity. All of these elements jostle for position, making the wine currently aggressive and unresolved. However, the suggestion of ageability is warranted. Put it to sleep in your cellar for six years and see how it's doing. It could be fine in 2020.
Here is a generous and carefully crafted working that gets it all right in terms of optimal ripeness, well-defined fruit and nicely placed oak, and it displays uncommon refinement and the kind of polish we would not expect in a Cabernet as young as it is. That is not to say that it should be opened and drunk in a hurry, for, while it is both involving and inviting even now, it is has the kind of careful structure and ample integral tannin to guarantee continuing improvement for a good five or six more years at the very least.
Graceful and elegant, with a firm backbone, offering ripe plum and blackberry fruit that's supple and persistent, gaining nuance and depth. Drink now through 2024. 150 cases made. (JL)