We harvested our 2009 Knights Bridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon on October 12 when the fruit of our 19-year-old vines displayed perfect ripeness and phenolic maturity. The growing season was near idyllic, its warm days and cool nights proving excellent density and flavor. The fruit was sorted and native yeast fermented on the skins for two and half weeks. The wine was then allowed a full secondary malolactic fermentation in barrel. After twenty months of aging in new Taransaud and Ermitage French Oak, this wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The most obvious trait of this 2009 Knights Bridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is its booming power and complexity. Aromas of black cherry, ripe macerated black raspberry, espresso, spice, and dried lavender bound from the glass and continue to reward through a dense, weighty palate. Plush layers of dusty mocha, dark sweet fruit, and cedar surge through a rich mid-palate and unfurl to an expansive finish. Well-integrated oak, fine-grained tannins and lifting acidity lend excellent structure and balance.
Pair with rich, flavorful cuisine such as charcoal grilled ribeye with garlic butter, mashed potatoes, and roasted carrots.