For 2009 we had another winter and spring with low rainfall but because of the unusually cool summer, ripening was about a week later than normal. The cool summer and fall allowed the grapes to develop intense color and flavor. We picked the Mt. Pisgah grapes at 26 Brix. Two days later a freak storm deposited over four inches of rain. Our Stone Edge Farm estate fruit was fully ripe when the storm moved in, and it was picked at 24 Brix a few days later when the sun returned. Selected from our two organically farmed estate vineyards: Stone Edge Farm, located on the west side of the Sonoma Valley, in soils studded with the rounded stones from the ancient floods of Carriger Creek as it plunges from the steep mountains above, and Mount Pisgah Vineyard, situated some 1300 feet above the Sonoma valley floor in the ruggedly volcanic Mayacamas Mountains that define the eastern side of the valley.
This may well be the most opulent Stone Edge Farm vintage of the decade, with intense color and luscious mouth filling flavor. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is extremely aromatic with cassis, ripe blackberries, black plums, mocha, sage, black pepper, crushed rock and savory spices. Tannins are firm and polished and lead to a long and persistent finish. Truly a Collector’s vintage.
Grapes were hand-harvested and hand-sorted before entering the Delta destemmer. The lightly crushed berries were cold soaked for two to three days. Fermentations were carried out with natural yeast. Small fermenters were punched down by hand once a day during fermentation. The wine spent 28 months in tight-grained all new 225 liter French oak barrels.