Wine Last Sold on: February 27, 2013
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
|Region:||California: Napa Valley|
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Mission Codename: The Beautiful Duckling
- Agent Red
- Return to Canard Vineyard, a long time Wine Spies favorite. Sample their red wines and select the finest available, for our discerning Operatives.
- Mission Status
- Brian Graham
Congratulations to Canard Winery, whose wines fetched one of the highest per-bottle prices at the prestigious Premiere Napa Valley charity auction. Their lot of Cabernet Sauvignon earned $13,000 for local Napa charities.
With the excitement and success of that, we are equally pleased to present to you the wonderfully delicious 2009 Canard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
An age-worthy, elegant and delicious wine, this is classic Napa Cabernet - at a price that won’t break the bank. Canard has done a truly wonderful job with this wine and we give it our highest Wine Spies recommendation to those fans of Napa Cabernet.
Despite the seemingly high alcohol, this wine does not present as hot at all. In fact, we were barely aware of the alcohol at all. Instead our tasting panel focused on the ripe fruit and earthy spice that this wine exudes.
Pair as you would any bold Napa Cabernet. We’ll be enjoying our sample bottles with a pepper crusted t-bone steak but a claypot cassoulet would also be a delightful treat.
Dark, brooding and opaque with deep, moody black purple hues, all the way from core to a fine ruby ring at the edges. Tall, wine-stained tears fall very slowly down the glass wall.
Richly aromatic with a wonderful balance of dark fruit, earth, spice and minerals. Fruits of blueberry, blackberry and black cherry mingle with brown spice, tomato stem, celery root, cocoa dust, and subtle salty rock.
Robust deep and delicious, bursting with blackberry, black plum, black cherry, cassis and dried blueberry. These flavors are followed by dried mission fig, clove, cinnamon stick, allspice, dried rose petal and salt licorice. Chewy tannins give the wine a luscious and plush overall feel.
Ultra long and lingering with a very elegant overall finish. Subtle sage, spice and black licorice fall off in even proportion with the dark fruits.
What the Winery Says
This full bodied, deep garnet Cabernet Sauvignon is dense and rich with long soft tannins and a smooth integrated structure. Classic Napa Valley, the wine is aged in French oak to create roundness and an age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon. Shows black fruits, a touch of chocolate and notes of holiday spice on the nose. The palate is rich with black berry pie, figs, smoked meats and hints of sage brush. This wine will age easily 10+ years.
Appellation: Napa Valley: Calistoga, CA
Aging: 19 months in French Oak (50% New)
Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Release Date: June 15, 2012
Cases Produced: 600 cases
About the Winery
Canard Vineyard has been quietly producing small production, hand crafted wines for almost thirty years. Each year we produce seven unique wines: Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Throwback, Adam’s Blend, The Rescuer and our Reserve Zinfandel and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. All of our wines are produced from estate grown grapes which are skillfully transformed into the finest expression of each varietal. We are dedicated to creating wines of distinction with an emphasis on quality over quantity.