2009 Tom Eddy Cabernet Sauvignon Elodian Napa Valley
 
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Tom Eddy Vineyards, Napa Valley Atlas Peak and Stagecoach "Stuffing"

Tom Eddy is one of Napa's most iconic blenders, known for crafting signature Cabernet Sauvignons that stress elegance over power. But in the superb 2009 growing season, Eddy did an about-face. For the first time, Tom contracted only with blue-chip mountain vineyards, turning out a powerhouse Elodian Cabernet Sauvignon that ranks among the three or four greatest bargains of this superb vintage.

If you spend a couple hours with the 2009 Elodian Cabernet Sauvignon — and if you know the vineyards from which it was drawn — you may be able to guess how Eddy "constructed" this 2009 blockbuster. This is our take.

The chiseled black-fruit nose and sleek blackberry core speak of Diamond Mountain's Bella Vista. In 2009, these nosebleed slopes eked out just 2 tons per acre of small-cluster Cabernet. Eddy described the berries as "BBs, with concentration that mimicked 2007."

The mid-palate boldness seems to be all Brandlin Ranch, which, along with Lokoya and Robin Williams's vineyard, is among the most coveted patches on Mount Veeder.

The third ingredient is a staple of Eddy's efforts. Jan Krupp's Stagecoach Vineyard, set high up Atlas Peak, has long been the source of some of the most powerfully structured Cabernet Sauvignon in the valley. "Almost too structured," Eddy says. "I love the Stagecoach fruit, but I'm careful with it. The tannins can be astringent, particularly in the wine's youth. But 2009 was a miracle vintage when it came to the suppleness of the tannins. So I pushed the envelope on Stagecoach." For the first time ever, in 2009 a third of the Elodian Cabernet Sauvignon came from Atlas Peak.

Deep purple/black to the edge, with explosive aromas of blackberry preserves and crème de cassis, lightly laced with new-wood cedar. Rich and powerful on the attack, with fine briery density, this vintage retains the plush and silken texture of all Eddy Cabernets. After 30 months in French cooperage, and two years in bottle, the Atlas Peak tannins melted away, now bracketing the Brandlin Ranch and Bella Vista opulence with gentle, dusty backbone. Drink now, if you must. Far better, do as we're doing: Lay down the finest Elodian Cabernet Sauvignon to date for 5-7 years.



Tasting Notes

2009 Tom Eddy Cabernet Sauvignon Elodian Napa Valley
"Deep purple/black to the edge, with explosive aromas of blackberry preserves and crème-de-cassis, lightly laced with new-wood cedar. Rich and powerful on the attack, with fine briery density, the texture — as is always the case with Eddy's Cabernets — remains plush and silken. After 30 months in French cooperage, and two years in bottle, the Atlas Peak tannins melted away, now bracketing the Brandlin Ranch and Bella Vista opulence with gentle, dusty backbone. Drink now, if you must. Far better, do as we're doing: Lay down the finest Elodian Cabernet Sauvignon to date for 5-7 years."
-- WineAccess Travel Log

 

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