The dominant aromas are intense ripe black cherry, cassis and sweet French oak. In the mouth, the entry is sweet and supple, with hints of creamy cassis, vanilla and roasted espresso. The wine is full-bodied, with intricate complexity and very ripe, powerful tannins, while still showing the grace, finesse and long finish we expect from our FACE Cabernets. The 2009 FACE can be cellared and enjoyed through at least 2028.
This wine was sourced exclusively from two ultra-premium sustainably-farmed vineyards. Fifty percent of the fruit came from Blossom Creek, on a gravelly-sandy slope outside of Calistoga. Fifty percent came from Sleeping Lady Vineyard, at the base of the Mayacamas mountain range in the Yountville appellation.
The 2009 growing season emerged from a relatively dry winter into a warm spring with little frost danger. An inch of rain in May fortunately did not interfere with fruit set. We had a late July heat spike, with only a few days over 100 degrees. Veraison was smooth and fairly short. Temperatures remained moderate throughout the final stages of ripening, allowing us to harvest under optimum conditions before heavy rain fell on October 13th.