The 2009 vintage of this blend, typically over shadowed by Herzog’s single varietal releases, is a stunner. An equal blend of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and San Joaquin Valley Syrah, this blend hits the mark of truly exceeding the sum of its parts. Toasted oak frames the entry leading to rich mocha and dark fruit accented by hints of vanilla and violets. This wine’s incredible mouthfeel is owed to a near-perfect level of extraction packaged in a well toned body that has a soft, caressing touch. The oak, which I personally find problematic on some of Herzog’s wines, is not just well balanced but key in making the Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah integrate as well as they do in this delicious blend. It is clear that Herzog has stepped up the quality in this blend and they can certainly enjoy the fruits of their labor; I know that I did. Drink now and for the next 4 years. L’Chaim!
- KosherWino Rating: 92 points (Rating Chart)
- Region: California, Napa Valley
- Color: Red
- Varietal: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Syrah
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Mevushal: Yes