Estate Merlot 2009

2010 Klein Cabernet Sauvignon

Varietal Information
100% cabernet sauvignon

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94 Points - Antonio Galloni

History

Pierre Klein, an Alsatian, purchased his Mira Valle property on Monte Bello Ridge in 1888. He planted cabernet sauvignon— probably the other Bordeaux varietals as well—and aspired to produce wines as great as those of the Médoc. During this early period of California's wine industry, little cabernet was grown. Klein's was one of the exceptions, and won a gold medal at the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. Unfortunately, Prohibition led to the demise of Mira Valle and the abandonment of the vineyard. The Schwabacher family of San Francisco bought Klein's land in 1936, renaming it "Jimsomare." At our suggestion and with our support cabernet was replanted in the early seventies; Ridge produced a small quantity of Jimsomare Cabernet from 1978 until 1997. When Ridge took over the vineyard in 1996, it became part of the Monte Bello estate vineyard. This year, we selected a limited number of barrels from the La Casita parcel for a separate bottling, and named it for the original owner. This excellent cabernet sauvignon will develop its full complexity over the next fifteen to twenty years.


Vintage

Harvest Dates: 4 November
Grapes: Average Brix 24.5˚
Fermentation: Destemmed, and left uncrushed as whole berries. Berries–mechanically and hand sorted. Natural primary and secondary fermentations. Pressed at seven days.
Barrels: 52% new and 48% one year old air-dried american oak
Time in Barrel: Twenty months


Growing Season

Rainfall: 33 inches (average)
Bloom: Late June
Cool, late spring; cold summer and long, mild fall.


Winemaking

Estate-grown Monte Bello vineyard grapes, hand harvested; destemmed and sorted; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally-occurring bacteria; minimum effective sulfur (30 ppm at crush, 105 ppm over the course of aging); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Aromas of red currant, cassis, toasted oak, black tea, tobacco, and olive; High-toned red fruits and dried herbs on the palate, with lively acidity, fine-grain tannins, and a long finish.

Tasting Notes and Reviews
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