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2010 Foley Johnson Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford

2010 Foley Johnson Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford

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Aromas of blackberry and black currant with a hint of licorice and spice. The plate is full of rich black fruits and finishes with just a hint of oak.

Our 2010 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of blackberry and black currant with a hint of licorice and spice. The plate is full of rich black fruits and finishes with just a hint of oak. The tannins are smooth and supple and the wine has a fine, lingering finish. This unfined Cabernet will continue to open up and can be enjoyed through 2024.
90 Points90 Points - Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers greater richness and breadth of flavor than its two siblings. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple and the wine reveals notes of crème de cassis, vanilla, and licorice. It builds incrementally on the palate. Elegant, with good substance, medium to full body, sweet tannins and an accessible style, it should evolve for up to a decade.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date
Oct. 13 - 27, 2010
6.11 g/l
22 Months
100% French oak barrels
36% New
Bottling Date
Sep. 12 and 13, 2012
Alcohol %
Production Notes
The Foley Johnson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is grown at two different vineyards on the estate. The Peral Vineyard which lies southeast of the Main Vineyard has thicker and heavier adobe soils with small amounts of gravel. The Main vineyard is on loamy soils of gravel, clay, and sand which helps provide ample drainage and lessen the vigor of foliage growth. These ideal growing conditions allow our Bordeaux varietals to reach full maturity on the vine without taking on the green leafy taste of under-ripened fruit. The grapes were harvested October 13 through October 27, 2010 under clear night skies. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation and was racked four times throughout the barreling process. After 22 months of aging in new and used French Oak barrels (36% new) the wine was bottled September 12th and 13th 2012.
Vineyard Notes
2010 was by all definitions a roller coaster growing season. In keeping with typical La Niña weather patterns, the Napa Valley saw substantial spring rainfall leading into cooler than normal summer temperatures. With bud break pushed back several weeks, the Napa Valley did not see much heat until the end of August, with an unpredicted heat spike throwing vineyards into early ripening. Those who had cut back canopy cover to expose fruit to more heat, were dismayed to find their grapes suffer from sunburn and shrivel up on the vine. Having not jumped the gun on preventative measures, we were able to harvest our vineyards with little to no problems, averaging 4.5 tons per acre. Overall the fruit is concentrated and lush, offering some amazing flavors and a unique vintage.
578 cases produced.