Saturday, February 23, 2013

Rave review from Groezinger Wine Merchants, Yountville CA


2009 VELLUM Cabernet Sauvignon -

A couple weeks ago I met VELLUM's winemaker, Karl Lehmann, at a friend's house during a dinner party.  There were a lot of really good wines on the table, and this one in particular that I had never seen before.  I tasted through the wines, and some were really quite good.

When the VELLUM hit my lips, I forgot about all the other wines I had tasted that evening, forgot about the beautiful leg of lamb that was served, and was practically born again with my enthusiasm for Napa Valley Cabernet.

This is no bullshit.  The 2009 VELLUM Cabernet Sauvignon is exactly how I want and think Cabs should be crafted.  It had balls of steel, with an inky black-purple hue, deep briary flavors of wild blackberry, cassis, earthy spice, firm tannin, and an unparalleled completeness unlike any other Cabernet from Napa.

The finish is long, satiating and pure, with super firm, fine, fuzzy tannins.  While discussing the wine with Karl, he mentioned that the pressed juice is reintegrated into the wine instead of making a "free run" only wine.  Many winemakers don't use their pressed juice and basically steal the wine's soul in the process.

With the VELLUM Cabernet you get all the parts, all of the flavor, all of the structure, everything those grapes had to offer is in the bottle.  It has the grip and structure like some of the great Napa Cabs of the late '70's and '80's combined with the polish and finesse of modern day Cabernet.

This wine is one of the reasons why I love what I do and love sharing it with you.  You would be doing yourself a significant disservice by not procuring a small load of the 2009 VELLUM Cab.  It's absolutely magnificent wine.

- Rick Beard, Groezinger Wine Merchants, Yountville, California