2009 Mauritson Cabernet Sauvignon
We were extremely fortunate to have harvested all of our fruit before the rains in October for this vintage. The growing conditions prior to that point could not have been more perfect. Heading into the third year of drought, we knew the crop was going to be light. The low bunch count and relatively small berry formation combined with the long moderate summer led to uniformly ripening fruit with amazing structure and complexity. The fruit was harvested between the middle of September and first week of October, with the Rockpile Merlot being picked first and our Alexander Valley Cabernet coming in last. The resulting wines have bright fruit, well-structured tannins and balanced acidity.
The 2009 Mauritson Sonoma County Cabernet is both dense and expressive on the nose. Dark fruit is complemented by aromas of tobacco, cassis, vanilla and hints of mineral. On the front palate, the wine exhibits juicy tannins and lush fruit, giving way to sweet oak in the mid-palate. With ample Merlot, the wine has round tannins and soft edges. There is nothing astringent or overpowering, yet the delicacy and complexity cannot fully be appreciated until after the last sip is gone.