' Moone Tsai - 09 Cor Leonis

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Cor Leonis

This remarkable Cabernet in its especially limited production quantities, receives our Cor Leonis designation, to mark its position as the very “best of our best” wines that we produce.
Transfixed by the brightest star in the constellation Leo, the Romans dubbed it Cor Leonis, the “Heart of the Lion.”

No longer available, 2010 being released shortly!
Due to the limited availability of this item, the maximum order quantity is 3.

Tasting Notes

The nose of our 2009 Cor Leonis Cabernet Sauvignon is dense with aromas of plum, cassis, and leather. In the mouth, these aromas evolve into the beguiling flavors of black-fruit, layered with delicate pipe smoke and allspice. Twenty four months of aging in 100% new French oak provides elegant framing for this wine's concentration and intensity, while the creamy yet distinctive tannins carry the dense flavors through to a sustained finish.

The backbone of this richly expressive wine draws from Caldwell Vineyard’s legendary Block-15 – whose vines have flourished in the rocky, volcanic soils of the heralded Coombsville District for over 30 years. In addition to this noble Coombsville fruit, the grapes that produced this singular wine were sourced from a westward-facing hillside vineyard on Pritchard Hill. The clone of Cabernet grown on this vineyard is prized for its complexity and depth, and the company of wines sourced from this vineyard is noteworthy.

Vineyard Notes

Caldwell/Coombsville District, Pritchard Hill

Winemaker Notes

Philippe Melka, Bordeaux-bred (Chateau Haut Brion, Petrus) and– recently heralded by Robert Parker as one of the top nine winemakers in the world. “Where possible, I will minimize winemaking techniques in the cellar so I can create a wine that tells the story of the vineyard. In the end, it must be about the fruit.”
Vintage 2009
Wine Style Bold Red Wine
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Date October 15, 2009
Aging 100% new French oak; Taransaud, Ermitage, St. Martin
Size 750 ml