93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 2% Merlot
October 12th through October 27th , 2009
20 months in French oak barrels, 80% new oak
2009 Buoncristiani Cabernet Sauvignon
To ensure our highest standard of quality, grapes were sourced from vineyards managed by Buoncristiani or from other Napa Valley growers who adhere to our strict viticultural philosophy. This blend was handcrafted from small lots harvested exclusively from hillside vineyards on Howell Mountain, Atlas Peak, and in Coombsville, including Ink Grade, Stagecoach, Hossfeld, and Richard Bennett Vineyards. These small batches were kept separate during fermentation, after pressing, and throughout the first year of aging in French oak barrels. During the second year of barrel aging, the components were blended in several phases creating optimum complexity while retaining balance, varietal character, and superior quality. This wine was aged in barrels for 20 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered in July of 2011.
We, the Buoncristiani brothers, take pride in performing all aspects of enology, viticulture, wine production, and art design in order to share with you a true expression of our winemaking passion.