2009 Sloan

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 98 WA
  • 96 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 73983-2009-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    Classic aromas of blackcurrant, licorice, tobacco and spices. Highly concentrated, outsized and powerfully structured but seamless from the start, with lovely lift to its flavors of dark berries, licorice, minerals and brown spices. A step up in intensity from the 2008 but also considerably more tannic and masculine in style. Built for long aging, but I would not be surprised if this wine shut down in the bottle in the near future.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The 2009 Sloan possesses lots of espresso roast, chocolate fudge, baking spice, cedarwood, incense, creme de cassis, blackberry and subtle smoke characteristics. Surprisingly soft tannins are atypical for this vintage, but they work well and frame this full-bodied, concentrated, multidimensional wine. One of the finest Sloans made to date, it can be drunk now or cellared for 25-30 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • Location alone is enough to draw attention to this wine - the vineyards are perched upon a picturesque hill above the renowned Auberge du Soleil - but the added value of having David Abreu plant the vineyards and Mark Aubert as the founding winemaker ties it all together into a package destined for stardom. The inaugural vintage, 2000, came out in 2004, with huge concentration, brilliant fruit integrity and a rich, complex character. The incredible structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend comes from the balanced integration of the exquisite 100% Rutherford estate fruit and the obsessive attention to detail in the vineyard and cellar. Martha McClellan is current winemaker, under whose guidance Sloan continues in the young tradition that earned it a 100-point score from Robert Parker for the 2002 vintage.

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    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 258 bottles owned
    • 46 collectors