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.”
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.
Caldwell/Coombsville District, Pritchard Hill
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
||Bold Red Wine
||October 15, 2009
||100% new French oak; Taransaud, Ermitage, St. Martin