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2009 Linked Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon "Knights Valley"

Linked 2009 Knights Valley Cabernet

Winery: Linked Vineyards

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Knights Valley"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Knights Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $120

Cases produced: 139

KWG Score: 92.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: January 5, 2014

Wine Review: This pitch black colored Cabernet opens with an oak and blueberry bouquet with a hint of leather. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a mild oak infused black currant with hints black olive and dark chocolate. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins are a bit sticky. This wine would pair well with a well-marbled ribeye steak. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: This may be the finest expression of the vineyard to date. In the glass, you are immediately struck by the depth of color. Winemaker Luc Morlet calls it violet fonce. The intensity of the color is a tantalizing promise of the aroma and flavors to come. The nose is filled with wild berries, Santa Rosa plums, cassis and allspice, with undertones of dried mushrooms and light floral notes. A sip reveals a complex symphony of boysenberries, blackberries and dark Bing cherries blended with layers of pepper, warm spices, graphite and mocha. Beautifully structured tannins and an easy minerality lead to an exceptionally long silken finish. This well-structured wine is eminently drinkable now, but will age beautifully over the next 15-20 years.

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