The 2009 Lancaster Estate Sophia’s Hillside Cuvée is a blend of hillside blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon and just a touch of Merlot. A dark, lush wine with balanced tannins, our Hillside Cuvée can be enjoyed upon release. This Bordeaux style blend has beautiful aromas of clove, cinnamon, and violets that come together with hints of fresh berries. A fruit forward wine with excellent balance, the 2009 vintage of Sophia’s exhibits intense notes of berry, plum, and cherry. The long finish and hints of dark chocolate are complemented with rich overtones of French oak. This wine was bottled unfiltered to maintain its truest expression.
With a dry winter and warm spring the vines awoke early in 2009. Late March brought spring rains, which encouraged vigorous growth prior to bloom. Even fruit and berry set led to a balanced crop while mild summer conditions and a toasty August encouraged ripening. Despite late October rains, the grapes arrived at the winery in pristine condition.
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