Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Preview of the 2009 VELLUM Cabernet Sauvignon - Tasting notes by Winemaker Karl Lehmann

The 2009 VELLUM Cabernet Sauvignon does not need to stand up to get noticed. The wine displays dense, opaque violet tones from the start. The colors are whole, full, and move together. Tell-tale signature aromatics of sweet tarry tobacco, pure vibrant cassis, and summer thicket bound up from the wine. A heady final note of baking spices then continues on to the palate. Here blacker forest fruits emerge and knit with flavors of tar,minerals and winter mulling spices. They ascend as a capacious wave and fall gently onto a long, seamless and structured frame. In a crescendo, they are greeted with a vibrant, wild succulence and pile up in layers of an utterly satisfying and lasting richness. The effect is captivating!

The 2009 VELLUM Cabernet Sauvignon beams confidence and is certainly a wine that exceeds the sum of its parts. It exists with a presence of its own and has come into form with all the markings of classic bearing and proportion that foreshadow a great long life.