Barrett and Barrett 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon 6 pack
Heidi Barrett has made many of the Napa Valley’s most sought-after and cult classic wines. Bo Barrett has had an outstanding record of excellence since taking over as winemaker at Chateau Montelena in 1982. Married for over 27 years, Heidi and Bo have each well established their own individual winemaking track records. Heidi’s focus on perfect balance and Bo’s on classic styling are quite synergistic.
Barrett and Barrett, two renowned & distinct wine stylists working together, finally, is really what this wine is all about.
2009 was an excellent, relatively cool growing season until September when we had excellent warm, but not hot, weather. We started picking B&B September 16 on these very rocky volcanic soils on the southwest facing slopes of Mt. St. Helena, Calistoga. These vineyards are very shy bearing [even before the gourmet Cab eating bear arrived in 2011, and was trapped and relocated in 2012] and the 2009 production on these steep hillside vineyards was only 2.23 t/acre. For the B&B we go even further to make something special. We hand select the little sections of the very best grapes, vine by vine. With 20 years’ experience growing Cab at this vineyard, we know the most unique and special little sections, which have the lowest yielding tiny berry & stressed vines to create the super-selected wine we desire. In 2009 the vines we picked this wine from were actually at 1.12 tons/per acre: A reduction by half of the already impressively restricted yields. Our winemaking in the vineyard comes down to our personal selection of each vine. They may be small in size, but the berries from these 20 year old vines are key to bringing a big presence to this wine in your glass.
Barrett and Barrett Vineyard, Calistoga
Just looking at this wine you know you are in for something profound it is extremely dark all the way to the edge of the glass, opaque purple red dense color. As one would expect from this low yielding year it’s a bit tight at first, so it needs a couple of good swirls to get up speed. Then you get really intense aromas of Cabernet Sauv; rich black fruits, berry and plum. The nose carries on being very opulent and layered with lots of mineral and cedar. As we expect from this concentrated wine upon release it is very big on the palate, it has massive spicy briary mouth-filling texture. Initially it shows extremely intense cassis, which just expands and coats the mouth & goes on and on. This vineyard always expresses a spicy character like 5 spice & cardamom & cedar; but in this ’09 it’s incredibly concentrated. The finish is lengthy and returns to be dominated with the persistent cassis extract theme. The care with which we grew and made this wine is evident all the way through, from the distinctive vineyard character to the elegant stylish winemaking reflecting the mighty 2009 vintage.