2009 Troubadour Cellars Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Mission Codename: The Wandering Minstrel

Operative: Agent Red

Objective: For our special Elite Operative Saturday, return to Troubadour Cellars, in the Napa Valley. Extract an allocation of their Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – a true California gem – and make it available to our Operatives at an extraordinary Secret price.

Mission Status: Accomplished!

Current Winery: Troubadour Cellars

Wine Subject: 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – Knights Valley

Winemakers: Jason Moore & Andy Byers

Backgrounder: Sonoma County’s Knight’s Valley sits at the easternmost edge of the County, far from the cooling of the Pacific Ocean. The fact that this high benchland AVA (American Viticultural Area) gets so much hot sun during the growing season makes it the perfect region for growing richly extracted Cabernet Sauvignon. Delicious, concentrated, elegant and approachable, today’s wine shows off the winemaking skills of our long-time friend, Jason Moore. All at price that is hard to resist. Read Agent Red’s tasting notes and mission report to learn more about this fantastic Cabernet.

Wine Spies Tasting Profile:

Look – Darkest black plum, with inky dark core. With perfect concentration of color from core to edge, the wine shows the thinnest band of garnet where wine meets glass. After swirling, skinny, wine-stained tears run slowly down the glass.

Smell – Bold and very dark, this wine leads off with intense black cherry, pronounced blueberry, blackberry, braised black fig and dusty bramble. Just behind these wonderful aromatics of dark chocolate, dark cured meats, cigar box, sweet brown spice, sweet tobacco and black pepper.

Feel – Soft and round, at first, the wine becomes quickly grippy and weighty. A spreading dryness is accompanied by flinty minerals. Medium tannins give the wine a mouthcoating and almost chewy feel.

Taste – Bold and concentrated, the darkly juicy wine leads with black cherry, blackberry, black plum, braised plum and dark chocolate. After some swirling, the wine really opens up, revealing additional flavors of leather, toasty oak, subtle brown tobacco leaf, subtle anise and black pepper.

Finish – Ultra long, with sustained black fruit that very gradually gives way to spice, leather, chocolate and flinty black pepper.

Conclusion – Very highly recommended, this rich, concentrated, dark wine a remarkable and delicious expression of fruit from Sonoma County’s Knights Valley. Winemaker, Jason Moore, is one of our very favorite young winemakers. His work for Troubadour has always been exemplary; the 2009 Napa Valley Cab that we featured earlier this year was an instant hit. Todays 2009 Troubadour Cellars Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is even better! This richly layered wine is a true delight that we cannot recommend highly enough. Pair with braised ribs or a nicely charred t-bone steak. Drinking beautifully now, this wine will continue to improve with age. Drink now, but be certain cellar a few bottles for the next several years.

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