Hollis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

 

Last year my husband and I were absolutely thrilled with the velvety sumptuousness of the Hollis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. When we happened upon the 2009 vintage this weekend, my husband immediately added it to our shopping basket. Not being able to hold off for even a day, we popped it open that very night whilst enjoying dinner and a DVR’d Chelsea match. Being the second label of Stewart Cellars gives Hollis the advantage of being able to source grapes from highly esteemed Napa Valley vineyards such as Stagecoach, State Lane and Crystal Springs. Hollis was created in 2006, when Stewart Cellars had a surplus of wine. They teamed up with renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs to produce a more accessible both in price and drinking window, wine. This particular vintage was sourced from 70% Stagecoach grapes and was intended to be enjoyed now and over the next 5 years. As with the 2008 vintage, only 1000 cases were produced.

 

Deep, dark red-violet in colour, cigar box spices and grape jam on toast curled up affectionately in the glass. Svelte blackberry and black current flavours were supported by black tea tannins in the full body. Smoky oak layers mingled with baking spices and rich vanilla in the lengthy finish. Luscious, velvety and well-structured, this is a spectacular glass that keeps you reaching for more.

 

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley
California
Produced by Hollis
14.5% Alcohol
$38
Enjoy now thru 2015

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