2009 Delectus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, jam, dark berry fruit, high tannin and black pepper
currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, spice, boysenberry, blueberry and jam
"Again, the Ranch consistently offers tones of wet rock and conifer forest floor, but otherwise quite different than French Wedding. Aromas of crème brulee, chocolate-mocha and cinnamon are mixed in with kerosene and black pepper. The gentle tannins are upfront and not shy to say the least. The mouth-coating tannins are remnants of a meaty, chewy and oily-thick finish that lingers in the mid-palate.
Located just below the Clone 7 block (of Bear Crossing), this is the steepest section of our Cabernet vineyards, made up entirely of Clone 4. It is a massive Cabernet with saturated tannins that requires less patience than Bear Crossing. In the summer of 2005, during ground preparation for planting, the heavy equipment unearthed a boulder measuring 13 x 11 x 10 feet and weighing approximately 50 tons. However, it did not like getting shoved around and instead barreled down this steep slope where it is now in its final resting place. " -Winery