2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Aromas of currants, spice and black cherry. Flavors of fresh jam, cloves, and mocha. Medium to full bodied with polished tannins and extended finish. This is a premiere California Cabernet that has been turning palates towards Idella Wines!

The Vineyard

Rafael Vineyard - Oak Knoll District Soils: Hillside property with gravelly, sandy loam Clone: 7 Rootstock: 110R

Rafael Vineyard is a sloping hillside property in Oak Knoll. San Pablo Bay's cooling breezes and morning fogs help the grapes retain assertive acids that warmer growing spots can’t match. The vines at Rafael are planted in porous sands and gravel, which forces the roots to work deep into the ground in search of water. This natural devigoration helps produce smaller berries with balanced concentrations of tannins and acidity. A wet spring followed by a late start and long, cool growing season ending with a heat spike allowed grapes to reach maturity, with several regions reporting slightly lower sugars, higher acids and deep colors and flavors. The season was a balancing act with some winegrowers trimming fruit or pulling leaves to assure full fruit maturity. Regions reported lower to normal yields. The good news is that what was brought in displays remarkable quality throughout the state with several vintners predicting a more restrained, elegant style of wine." – The Wine Institute

By The Numbers

pH: 3.79

TA: 6.7 g/L

Alcohol: 14.8%

Harvested: 10/29/10

Aged: 28 months in French oak (Taransaud and Canton) - 40% new

Blend: 100% Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


Full-bodied boysenberry fruit masterfully balanced with complex flavors of licorice, violets, black cardamom, cacao and tar. A big, muscular wine, inky deep ruby-red, with forward fruit, savory mid-notes and firm, chewy tannins. Grand proportions, indeed, yet presented with a satin-smooth texture and a refreshing counterpoint of delicate natural-fruit acidity. We have not merely a symphony; we have a grand symphony; we have The Choral — LVB’s Symphony No. 9. A very good wine.

Review by Wine Bark 11/16/14