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Today we are lucky enough to have secured a small allocation of the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from a vineyard in the Oak Knoll District. Oak Knoll is one of the premier sub-regions within the Napa Valley, with its proximity to San Pablo Bay leading to a cooler growing season and more elegant wines. While Cabernet does well in the warmer regions to the north in Napa, the Oak Knoll region presents a more elegant, refined Cabernet, with stunning depth.
This wine was made from grapes grown on a single vineyard in the southeast section of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. The combination of warm days with cooler evenings at this end of the valley creates grapes that ripen fully but also maintain a nice balanced acidity. These grapes were picked on October 24, 2009. The maceration time was 16 days on the skins before pressing. The wine was barrel aged for 27 months in small oak barrels. The oak was 2/3 French and 1/3 American to promote some diversity in the flavors and aromas being contributed from the oak.
The 2009 Maroon Oak Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon is dark garnet in color, with a ruby core. Aromas of black cherry, currant, baking spice and cranberry lead the way on the nose, revealing intriguing flavors of black currant, blueberry, dark chocolate, black cherry and espresso on the palate. The finish shows a lovely combination of fresh fruit and chewy tannin, along with hints of coffee and spice. Though rare, you may occasionally see a Napa Valley Cabernet (probably from Pope Valley) for under $30, but the chances of finding a single vineyard Napa Cab from the Oak Knoll AVA for this price is essentially zero. Don’t let this one pass you by!
Appellation: 100% Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Acid: 0.66 g/100ml
Production: 500 cases
PAUL MAROON became interested in winemaking over 40 years ago while as a young man helping his uncle make wine in Pennsylvania. In the back of his mind he always knew that for him Napa Valley was the place to be. Paul visited as often as possible throughout the years and finally in 2000 realized his dream and relocated to the Napa Valley. Here he began his life as a vintner and Paul has been growing grapes and making fine wines ever since.
Learn more at www.maroonwines.com.