Bright red cherry
The palate highlights the red cherry and raspberry components along with notes of spice and minerality. These characteristics are accented by bright acidity, integrated tannin and structure. The elegant but generous mouth feel exhibits a rich velvety texture that coats the mouth and lingers on to a long layered finish brilliantly incorporating all of the component elements. As with all Transformations that preceded the 2009, the breath on the palate exhibits the distinctive character of the vineyard’s Merlot and is an extraordinary expression of the blend.
In Napa Valley Mother Nature is once again a super-hero, providing winemakers lush, beautiful grapes for great wine. Initial reports all the way around are finding vintners and growers delighted with 2009. Compare the nearly thirty days of intense frost from spring 2008 to the fewer than five frost incidents in 2009, the start to the vintage was much less eventful for growers who were able to sleep nights not worrying about the threat of frost—or the lack of water to combat it if it came. Late spring rains delayed irrigation needs and the warm spell in June helped curtail excessive canopy development. The nearly 14 days of 100°f plus temperatures that mark a typical growing season, 2009 counted perhaps only four or five overall, again helping to reduce demand for water when the resource was relatively scarce. Though rainfall was little more than two-thirds of normal for the third year in a row, the timing of the precipitation was on the vine's side. Couple that with the lack of frost and the mild, relatively cool growing season, Mother Nature managed to have it all work in unison to give vines and grapes the best scenario possible.