2009 Patit Creek “The Creek”

Hello friends. Among our most popular reorder targets of 2013 has been a wine that we offered towards the end of 2012: the 2009 Patit Creek Cabernet Sauvignon. Today we’re jumping back into the Patit Creek lineup with another fine value from the 2009 vintage:

My view of Patit Creek has completely changed with this 2009 vintage, and the biggest difference is that 2009 was the year when they hired a new winemaker: Joe Forest. Our list members will recognize that name, for the outstanding work Joe has done under his own Tempus Cellars label. He is a skilled winemaker who works with excellent fruit sources, and he has brought those fruit sources to bear on Patit Creek.

To wit: this blend comes from Pepperbridge (25%), Art Den Hoed (24%), Seven Hills (19%), Sagemoor (16%), and Cockburn (16%). These are not vineyard sources that typically appear in $15 bottles.

This is a kitchen sink blend – likely a combination of barrels (40% new oak) that didn’t fit stylistically into the remainder of the Patit Creek lineup – but it has a solid core of Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) and Merlot (30%), and those are the varietals that shine. A lovely nose of ripe fruit (cassis from the Cab, black cherry from the Merlot) is enhanced by earthy soil and mocha barrel notes. The palate is a rich stew of black cherry fruit, tea leaves, and black olive; impressive complexity for the tariff. It rolls across the mid-palate seamlessly, expanding into an espresso-laden, fine-tannin finish.

I see 09 as an early-drinking vintage. It’s fleshy, charming: ready to give up the goods in its youth. In other words: no need to cellar this one endlessly; it’s great on pop-and-pour, right now. First come first served up to 24 bottles, and the wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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