This full-bodied, dark berried, mouth-filling Cabernet is sourced from the Preston Vineyard located in the Rutherford Appellation. The region is known for its gravelly soils which produce rich, opulent red wines with fine-grained tannins and incredible complexity.
This 2010 vintage has a fragrant ripe boysenberry bouquet and a flavor profile of ripe blackberry with a little black cherry and hints of sweet cola. There's just enough oak in the prolonged finish which, unlike many Russian River Zins that can be big and high-alcohol, is silky smooth.
The ‘09 Napa Valley Cabernet is a perfect example of concentration and intensity. Dark, brooding and inky, this blend of Cabernets from Stagecoach, Henry, Preston and Vittorio’s Vineyards—along with 3% Petit Verdot —even at 3½ years old, is still coming out of its barrel-bound slumber. The aromas of black fruits are clearly there in the nose, promising richer rewards with additional aging. The ripe fruit flavors are simmering under a blanket of moderate tannins from 18 months in new French oak.
Vittorio’s Vineyard, about thirty acres adjacent to the winery on the south side, is planted about half to Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils are gravelly loam and marginally fertile, which stresses the vines and produces excellent quality grapes. The vineyard enjoys a microclimate that is perfectly suited to Cabernet and the four other varieties (Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah & Zinfandel) planted there.
The 2010 Ramazzotti is an impressive Zinfandel, succeeding as few do in being both rich and wonderfully well-polished at the same time. Although delicious now, is balanced to age and will likely be optimal from 2015-2020.
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