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2009 The Assassin Cabernet Sauvignon
wine profile
Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain
Vineyard Designation
Ink Grade Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 25th, 2009
24 months in 50%new French oak
Alcohol %

2009 The Assassin Cabernet Sauvignon

Only 75 cases produced

GOLD MEDAL WINNER 90 points - 2013 Affairs of the Vine Cabernet Shootout

The 2009 Assassin retained the characteristics of the 2008 vintage, striking the perfect balance between the rich fruit and signature tannins of the Howell Mountain juice. Spicy red fruit on the nose with hints of eucalyptus and cedarwood. Blueberry, black cherry, dark chocolate and vanilla notes intertwine on the mid-palate. Hints of leather and tobacco are revealed in the long finish, enhanced by velvety tannins. Drink now through 2020.

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The Assassin is a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the Ink Grade Vineyard. The site sits above the 1400 ft inversion layer that marks the periphery of the Howell Mountain sub­-AVA. The high elevation causes cooler daytime temperatures and slightly warmer evening temperatures than those of the valley floor. Bud break is about a month later than the lower elevations but the vineyard basks in warm sun late into the growing season, while most of the Napa valley is shrouded in fog. The soils consist of rich red clay and decomposed volcanic ash – a combination poor in nutrients and able to retain very little water. The result is stressed vines, producing small berries with deeply structured spice notes and robust tannins. Yields are limited to 2 to 2.5 tons per acre.