Color: deep black cherry with touches of ruby and purple on the rim On the nose: explosion of black currant and blackberry balanced with spices of cedar, cigar, nutmeg, black pepper and thyme with hints of rose petal, lavender and violet On the palate: dense entrance of fresh picked blackberry balanced with fresh acidity and velvety tannins, spices, oak, licorice, plum, chocolate and raspberry evolving on black currant jam
In 2009, we had a very consistent season with stable temperatures which gave us grapes with higher acidity due to the temperate season. Although, in October Napa Valley had a major tropical storm which was followed by a less intrusive rain two weeks later. This forced most winemakers to pick prior to the rain. At Alpha Omega we decided to let the fruit hang through the rain to obtain better tannic ripeness. Because we have a quadruple sorting system we had the ability to sort out grapes that were not up to standards. Therefore, we had fewer grapes but perfect ripeness. Overall, the vintage is a bit more Bordeaux-like with wines with a lower alcohol content and a little bit higher acidity.
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 80% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc 7% Petit Verdot 8%