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For the third year in a row, the 2009 vintage started off with a dry spring, which typically produces smaller clusters, smaller berries, and less canopy overall. Spring was mild enough to ward off frost this year, and vines affected from the previous year seemed to rebound. The main growing season was cool to warm and without incident. Picking commenced on September 21st, and our entire Brothers Ridge vineyard was harvested by October 12th.
In the hills to the east of the small town of Cloverdale, Brothers Ridge spans 141 acres, nearly all planted to cabernet sauvignon, with smaller amounts of merlot and cabernet franc. It's on well-drained loam underlain by sandstone, shale, and ancient greenstone. Its elevations, approaching 1.000 feet, and its primarily western aspect perfeclty situate the vines to capture the full warmth and light of the afternoon sun, ripening cabernet well into the chocolate and black fruit profile, with exceptional richness.