Oakville Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon

There comes a moment as a winemaker when you draw in your breath, pause, savor the flavor of your latest creation, and realize that this is it. You have just reached the apex of your career. You have made, “that wine” and there is no going back. The 2009 DeSante Oakville Terraces designated Cabernet is that wine for us. When one can make such a wine, why would one ever go back? Indeed.

The 2009 has the classic aromas of cassis (black currant) that mark it as a Cabernet Sauvignon. However, it is the aromas of spiced plum and mocha which begin to tell its Oakville story. These grapes were grown in the red soils of Oakville on precipitously steep hills at between 400-700 feet elevation.

The mouth feel is lavish with a rich palate that retains the classic elements of balance. Tannin, acid and alcohol each deftly support the wine as it weaves across the mouth and leaves one with the lasting impression of something good.

This wine is a mouthful of berry flavors – blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and cherry all cascade across one’s tongue until the experience finishes with the essence of cocao and then pop! – there is one last taste of raspberry. Surprising and fun. That is what this wine is. And shouldn’t more wines be that way?

Destined for greatness in your cellar. The 2009 will age beautifully over the next 12-15 years. In the meantime, we will be trying to figure out how to make this wine again.

Enjoy! – David and Katharine.