Aida Estate · 2009 · Cabernet Sauvignon
We have been fueled by our belief that Aida would be an ideal site for growing Bordeaux varietals since our acquisition of this wonderful site in 2000. Each harvest has affirmed our initial belief and makes us eagerly anticipate each vintage.
2009 began warm and dry in January and February followed by a cool, wet March and April. Summer temperatures were warm to moderate with very few triple digit degree days and many overcast mornings giving us even growth and ripening. Harvest was slow to start but above average temperatures in September allowed the final push for ripening with all of our fruit coming in by mid-October. Overall, 2009 brought nearly ideal wine grape growing conditions resulting in good yields and well developed berries. Our wines of 2009 are well balanced – juicy and approachable with beautiful structure and acidity.
Deeply saturated in color, our 2009 Aida Estate Cabernet opens with explosive aromas of ripe cherries, scorched earth, and fresh tobacco leaf. The fruit was picked at optimal ripeness translating to a palate that is lush, rich, concentrated and layered with dark chocolate shavings, tar and graphite. Firm and powerful, fine grain tannins provide tremendous aging potential while maintaining textural elegance. The wine is will benefit from decanting when young and can be enjoyed over the next 20+ years.
September 18 - October 5, 2009
20 months in French Oak, 75% new
Taransaud, Demptos, Ermitage, Baron, Saury
June 20, 2011