September 25, 2009 and October 13, 2009
After a very dry growing season characterized by warm sunny days and cool nights, the grapes were hand picked before dawn on September 25, and Ocotber 13, 2009. The grapes were hand sorted, then crushed, cold soaked and fermented with a period of extended maceration. The wine was pressed on November 2, 2009 and will be aged for about thirty months in 100% new French oak barrels and then bottle aged for an additional year prior to release.
Winemaker’s Notes. The 2009 Concerto starts with a complex, enticing nose of dark fruit and classic cabernet aromas, then crescendo's on the pallet with mocha, spices, more dark fruit, and hints of new leather. The tannins, due to the extended maceration, are soft and “sweet” and together with the French Oak are integrated perfectly into the wine. The wine is much more supple and sophisticated than you would expect from a young ultra-premium Napa Cabernet. The beautiful finish lasts and lasts. Best held for a couple of years. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2030.