2009 Ghost Block "Estate" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1090330 Wine Enthusiast

 This shows deep, classic flavors of sweet blackberries and black currants, with rich, thick tannins. While it doesn't seem to be an ager, it's a lovely wine to decant over a few hours.  (11/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Presents a tight mix of spicy currant and black fruits, firm tannins and floral scents that end with touches of fresh earth and graphite. (JL)  (10/2012)

K&L Notes

According to Napa lore, the spirit of George C. Yount, credited as the first person to plant vines in the Valley and for whom the town of Yountville is named, inhabits what has since been named the "Ghost Block" vineyard, wandering the vines at night and keeping watch over the valley. (The fact that this particular slope on the northern edge of Yountville also borders the Pioneer cemetery undoubtedly contributes to this site's haunted reputation). Produced by Bonded Winery Number 9, the Ghost Block family of wines consist of small production, exclusive, certified organic wines made from this site and other premium vineyards in the vicinity. The 2009 Estate Oakville Cabernet is 100% Cabernet from the gravelly loam soils of the Rock Cairn Vineyard in Oakville. Aged for 24 months in 60% new French oak, this is one big, rich Cabernet, with intense blackberry, Bing Cherry, and baker's chocolate aromas and flavors, accented by notes of hibiscus, vanilla, and exotic smokey spice. It is full on the palate, with layers of baked berry flavors, creamy caramel, and toasty vanilla. Sweet tobacco laces up the fruit-filled finish, which rides smoothly along the back of ultra-polished tannins. This is for lovers of modern, sensuous Cabernet.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5