2009 Mossback Chalk Hill Cabernet is the “Wine of the Week” on Stark Insider:
“What exactly is a Mossback? For one, it’s a wine. As in this Mossback 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ($25) from Chalk Hill in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. I’m picking this sleeper (or “little garage wine” as owner John and Lane Giguiere call it) as the Stark Insider Wine of the Week for a few reasons.
First, this is a lush, well-made Cab that shows off a sophisticated intensity so familiar to the Chalk Hill sub AVA. Here, the porous volcanic soils produce a concentrated grape – resulting in leather-y, dust-y, and tobacco-y notes that are a real treat for those that appreciate wines with character to spare. I paired this one last week with a grilled Porterhouse (with steak fries, of course); nary a veggie in sight.
Then there’s the price. These days many in the wine business in and around Napa and Sonoma joke that any Cab under $100 is a veritable bargain. A steal! A bit of an exaggeration, yes. But there has been a steady increase in prices of well-made Cabernets, even those that are not considered “cult” wines – the Scarecrows, Harlans, Opus Ones, Screaming Eagles of the fine wine world. Fortunately, for the rest of us, “regular” wines are still being made. And, thankfully, they’re anything but regular.”
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The Press Demo, Santa Rosa’s daily newspaper, recommended 2009 Mossback Cabernet in their weekly lineup of wines to try for October 7:
“Mossback, 2009 Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.9 percent, $25. A concentrated cab with notes of blackberry, chocolate, leather and spice. A cab with good bones. Seamless, with ripe tannins.”
Wine writer Jim Rawe features our 2009 Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon in today’s Off the Vine column in the Bradenton Herald:
Take a tour of just about any winery and you will learn just how important both the local surroundings and the community are to the daily operations, as well as to the finished product that is released from each vintage. The 2009 Mossback Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. This wine is a blend of 77 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 23 percent Merlot produced from Russian River Valley fruit that comes from the heart of Sonoma County, Calif.
This Mossback Cabernet has the aroma of chocolate-covered cherries with overtones of freshly crushed black pepper, followed by the flavor of ripe blackberry with a somewhat earthy finish. Interestingly enough, the term “Mossback” used to refer to a person who worked in the vineyards from sunrise to sunset, and the wineries proprietors — John and Lane Giguiere — make wines to this day that encompass this same hard-working philosophy.
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The Palm Beach Post “Swirl Girls” blog recommends our 2009 Mossback Pinot Noir! Swirl Girl says our Russian River Valley Pinot “has a long, warm finish that wrapped around me like a soft cashmere blanket”. Sigh . . .
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