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2010 Cyrus Ryan Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2010 Cyrus Ryan Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ~ Napa Valley


Harvest Date: October 7th, 2010

Grape Source: Cyrus Ryan Vineyard

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Aging: 22 months in French Oak, Mixed Coopers
Medium plus toast oak, 85% new

Alcohol: 14.3%

Total Production: 265 Cases

Release Date: October 2012

Winemaker: David Tate

Vineyard and Vintage Notes: Although we reached perfect ripeness, it occurred later than ever for this vineyard, at the end of the first week of October.

 

Winemaking Notes: We harvested this tiny lot of Cabernet after some early fall rains, but with patience we reached an exemplary level of physiological ripeness. 3 days of cold soaking aided in color and complex flavor extraction. Maceration and pumping over times were shorter than usual, since color and tannins extraction was quick, caution was used to ensure that we did not over extract. The wine was aged for 22 months in small French oak barrels (85%) to allow the wine to soften and develop.

 

Tasting Notes: With its deep purple core this wine is immediately bursting with Blackberry and blueberry tart. Sweet vanilla spice and cinnamon toast are balanced by the subtle graphite and crushed floral elements. This is an extremely lush wine with cherry compote and milk chocolate on the mid palette. The moderately chalky tannins are balanced by the restrained acidity. Although surprisingly appealing in its youth, this wine will benefit from 10-11 years of bottle age (2022-2023).

 

 

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