2009 IV Sons Fraternity
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91 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is the second release of our Fraternity blend – four varietals from our Estate vineyards in both Stags Leap District and Carneros. Rolando has taken our Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah and has created a blend that over-delivers. The 2009 IV Sons Fraternity is a big wine that tastes delicious in its youth but will only get better as it ages! The color is dark, dense garnet which is exactly what you expect from a Baldacci Family Vineyards’ wine. Aromas of plum, hazelnut, black fruits, figs and cassis balance with flavors of plum, sweet almonds, hints of earth, and dark chocolate all wrapped in a coating of delicious oak. The blending of each varietal brings out the best from each to produce a balanced wine that will age well for 5-7 years and pairs with many of your favorite dishes from pizza and grilled steak to salmon and hearty salads.
91 points in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Baldacci’s 2009 Red Blend IV Sons Fraternity is an intriguing 48% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stags’ Leap District, 28% Syrah and 24% Merlot from Carneros that works very nicely. Fresh cut flowers, red berries and mint all come together in this medium-bodied, nicely delineated wine. The 2009 impresses for its juiciness and fabulous overall balance. A hint of sweet spice lingers on the long, enveloping finish..."