2009 Franciscan Estate Clos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Appearance: Deep Garnet
Aromas: A complex and perfumed bouquet of wild blackberry, violet, dark cherry, and sweet herbs, with subtle hints of rosemary and clove.
Flavors: Full velvety structure with mellow tannins intertwining with complex notes of oak, wild dark berries, cassis, and vanilla. A supple lingering finish is accentuated by smooth berries and vanilla.
2009 was the third straight year of low rainfall, with a mild summer free of any major heat spikes, and consistently cool night temperatures. These perfect growing conditions lead to even ripening in our Bordeaux varietals, giving classic structure with rich, vibrant flavors. Warm stretches in both early and late September propelled the grapes to ripeness in an otherwise cool month. The Bordeaux reds were harvested on our Oakville Estate between September 24 and October 18.