2009 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Vine Hill
Dark berry fruit aromas are complemented by spice, bay leaf and mint. The generous, broad tannins that define Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon create the structure that offers both accessibility and ageability.
The Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard is located on bench land soils in the southwestern foothills of the Oakville AVA. Established in 1884, the ranch was originally planted in a variety of fruit crops. Since 1959 the focus has been grapes and today the vineyard is sustainably farmed. The rich alluvial soils consistently produce powerful wines that are the essence of Oakville.
The Vine Hill grapes were hand harvested and hand sorted before fermentation in our To Kalon Fermentation Cellar. Clusters were de-stemmed directly into French oak fermenters to eliminate pumping the must and extracting harsh tannins from the grape seeds. After 43 days of fermentation and maceration the wine was transferred by gravity to 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months. This vintage was bottled in August, 2011.