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2009 Fisher Vineyards UNITY Cabernet Sauvignon

Fisher Vineyards is best known for closely connected to a specific place. The Coach Insignia Cabernet Sauvignon, Lamb Vineyard Cabernet and RCF Vineyard Merlot are made from estate-owned vineyards in eastern Calistoga. The winery is located on the Sonoma side of Spring Mountain. There, various combinations of facings, steep grades and old vines produce distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the Mountain Estate Vineyard and the Wedding Vineyard.

However, there is only so much wine you can produce from a given vineyard. And only so many vineyards you can own. Fisher Vineyards’ UNITY wines broaden the portfolio without creating any confusion with the single-vineyard estate wines. The UNITY offerings are multi-vineyard blends with the fruit sourced from small, sustainable growers in both Napa Valley and Sonoma County.

The 2009 UNITY Cabernet Sauvignon — being released this week — comes from three very different areas: the valley floor in Calistoga, the eastern Oakville Hills in Napa Valley and the western side of the Mayacamas Mountains in Sonoma County. The wine has just enough Cabernet Sauvignon to be varietally-labeled. It is blended with all four of the other Bordeaux-varietals plus a splash of Syrah.

Four thousand cases of the wine were made, but it’s primarily available only through Fisher Vineyards’ mailing list or restaurants, such as Bardessono in Yountville. You can also find it at The Capital Grille which pours UNITY Cabernet Sauvignon by the glass nationally.

The 2009 UNITY Cabernet Sauvignon is medium-plus ruby in the glass with enticing aromas of maraschino and black cherry, raspberry and milk chocolate. Gently chalky tannins support the flavors of cherry, berries, dark cocoa powder and dry leaves. It’s a satisfying wine, easy-to-drink yet interesting enough to reward contemplation. It is ready-to- drink now but will evolve attractively over five or more years. Enjoy this Cabernet Sauvignon on its own or with dry-aged steak. Highly Recommended.

2009 Fisher Vineyards UNITY Cabernet Sauvignon
09unitycab_96x390Rating: Highly Recommended
Drink: Now through 2018
Release Date: ~ January 24, 2012

Closure: Natural Cork
Production: 4,000 cases
Retail Price: $45.00

Winemaker: Whitney Fisher
Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Syrah, 1% Malbec
Origin: 76% Napa Valley (Calistoga and Oakville Hills), 24% Sonoma County (Mayacamas Mountains)
Aging: 15 months, French oak barrels

Alcohol: 14.7%

I tasted this wine at the winery.

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