2009 Monticello Vineyards "Tietjen Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon
Print: Tasting NotesThe 2009 Tietjen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is another classic. Dark red fruit, loads of sweet vanilla and mocha oak. The texture is very rich with a big and full mid-palate and the tannins frame the wine wonderfully. The finish is long and the tannins are smooth. The wine is powerfully elegant – a trait that we have found consistently in this wine since our first Vintage in 1989.
– Chris Corley, Winemaker
Tietjen Vineyard - Rutherford, Napa Valley
In the 1980s our good friend and partner, Hugh Tietjen, acquired a small parcel in the Rutherford area of Napa Valley. This location was selected as an ideal site to grow Cabernet Sauvignon for Monticello Vineyards. Located not far from the base of the Mayacamas Mountains on the western side of Napa Valley, this 7-acre property was planted in the 1980s entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon. Two clones were selected, including the much-respected Clone #8 and a special selection of bud wood we refer to as the ‘Cope’ Clones. The majority of the wine from the Tietjen Vineyard is blended with wines from our other vineyards to create our CORLEY RESERVE Cabernet Sauvignon, the Monticello Vineyards Jefferson Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon, and the CORLEY Proprietary Red Wine.
Oak – 22 Months in French Oak, 100% New, Medium Plus Toast, Tight Grained
Alcohol - 14.2%
Climate: Moderately warm, still marginally influenced by early morning fog. Western bench area is cooler, with less late afternoon sun, tempered by afternoon marine winds. Usual summer peak temperatures are mid-90°F with good diurnal (the daily swing of temperature) range.
Soils: Western benchland is sedimentary, gravelly-sandy and alluvial, with good water retention and moderate fertility.
Principal Characteristics: This is “Cabernet Country.” Quite intense cherry and mineral, almost earthy aromas, flavors are full, ripe, and notably currant with firm, but supple tannins for extended aging.
92 points - Wine Enthusiast, April 2013
90 points - Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
"High in ripeness, yet equally high in black cherry fruit and framed with very evident elements of dark chocolate, this very generous, wide-open wine eschews nuance for out-and-out richness. It is full-bodied and fleshy with well-measured tannins, and, while its riper aspects do set its course from start to finish, it gets a welcome boost in brightness from pert acidity at the end..."
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