“An experiment that created a once in a lifetime wine.” – William Ballentine, Winemaker
As a winemaker, it is my goal to create the very best wine I can from our estate vines each harvest. Inspired by that pursuit, I have kept a single barrel from ten vintages to craft this unique Cabernet Sauvignon.
Separately aged, each of the wines has established its own “signature” and “personality” and has become more complex over time. Some of them have become more graceful and subtle, while others have retained their youth and vibrancy. By taking equal amounts from each vintage and blending them together I have created, in essence, a vertical in a bottle.
William Cole Vineyards “TEN” Cabernet, is a journey spanning ten vintages from 2000 to 2009. I am thrilled to be able to share this wine with you, a wine that can never be recreated.
This Cabernet Sauvignon combines ten separate vintages, barrel aged since they were harvested, and seamlessly blended together to celebrate the distinct traits of each vintage. Beginning with the delicate tones of the 2000 and culminating with the rich complexity of the 2009 vintage, this wine entices with aromas of ripe cherries, toasted vanilla, and a subtle hint of anise. The palate reveals flavors of blueberry, blackberry, dried cranberry, and soft caramel, highlighting a lingering finish with both structure and elegance. With only 243 cases produced, this is a one of a kind wine that will be treasured and enjoyed.
Harvested: October 2000–2009
Aged: 27 months to 12 years in French oak barrels
Case Production: 243 cases
Release Date: March 2012