2009 Barrett and Barrett Cabernet Sauvignon - 3pack
2009 was an excellent, relatively cool growing season until September when we had excellent warm, but not hot, weather. We started picking B&B September 16 on these very rocky volcanic soils on the southwest facing slopes of Mt. St. Helena, Calistoga. These vineyards are very shy bearing [even before the gourmet Cab eating bear arrived in 2011, and was trapped and relocated in 2012] and the 2009 production on these steep hillside vineyards was only 2.23 t/acre. For the B&B we go even further to make something special. We hand select the little sections of the very best grapes, vine by vine. With 20 years’ experience growing Cab at this vineyard, we know the most unique and special little sections, which have the lowest yielding tiny berry & stressed vines to create the super-selected wine we desire. In 2009 the vines we picked this wine from were actually at 1.12 tons/per acre: A reduction by half of the already impressively restricted yields. Our winemaking in the vineyard comes down to our personal selection of each vine. They may be small in size, but the berries from these 20 year old vines are key to bringing a big presence to this wine in your glass.