Deeply saturated in color, our 2009 Aida Estate Cabernet opens with explosive aromas of ripe cherries, scorched earth, and fresh tobacco leaf. The fruit was picked at optimal ripeness translating to a palate that is lush, rich, concentrated and layered with dark chocolate shavings, tar and graphite. Firm and powerful, fine grain tannins provide tremendous aging potential while maintaining textural elegance. The wine is will benefit from decanting when young and can be enjoyed over the next 20+ years.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 92 points
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Aida Estate offers up tar, smoke, minerals, licorice and blackberry jam. Mocha, grilled herbs and spices emerge later, adding considerable complexity and nuance. All the aromas and flavors meld together nicely through to the focused finish. This overt, generous Cabernet should drink well for the next decade or so. The 2009 is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.
Wine Spectator – 92 points
This weaves a rich tapestry of mocha, dark dried berry, herb, anise, cedar and loamy earth flavors, showing impressive density, focus, persistence and balance. Drink now through 2022.