MMX - The 2010 Vintage
The 2010 growing season delivered quite a bit of drama. May and June were unseasonably cold and then out of nowhere, came a series of massive heat spikes, each punctuated by more cold weather marking what many would call the coolest Napa Valley summer in memory. Vines matured slowly and incrementally from August end through September delivering a harvest referred to by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate as “epic” and with “big, powerful and viscerally thrilling” wines.
The 2010 vintage of Bacchus is no exception, and consists of the following combination of three of the five classic Bordeaux varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon: 94%
Petit Verdot: 5% (Oakville and Rutherford)
Cabernet Franc: 1% (Rutherford)
The 2010 Bacchus Cabernet Sauvignon spent 22 months in oak and with 57% French barrels and 43% American barrels. The French barrels used were primarily Nadalie and the American barrels Missouri oak.
Dark fruit prevails once again, blueberries and black-cherry cola flavors up front with boysenberries rounding out the finish. Pronounced tannins are noticeable as flavors jump out of the glass. This vintage appeals to the traditionalist cabernet lover and pairs wonderfully with just about anything hearty including stews, meats and pastas. Pair the 2010 with hard cheeses and bittersweet chocolate. The wine will continue to evolve nicely and be enjoyable through 2024.
Approximately 200 cases.
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