OVID Hexameter

Tasting Note

The glorious 2009 growing season made all of us here at OVID grateful to be living in these times. The season started out dry and brilliant. Modulated cool nights followed by beautiful warm days stacked up to make a season densely packed with days of ripening sunshine and no extreme temperatures. Harvest began September 11th with our final fruit coming in on October 5th, just days before a large Thunderstorm traveled over Napa. The milder conditions found atop Pritchard Hill lead to wines of great power, structure and depth to be enjoyed for years to come.

In the 2009 OVID Hexameter, the captivating Cabernet Franc is balanced with the velvet and bright red fruits of our Cabernet Sauvignon, along with small amounts of Merlot and Petit Verdot. The resulting composition is a joyous wine with a backbone of crushed rock, violets and boysenberry, exuberant red fruits like cherry, raspberry and pomegranate, and deep notes of sage, blackberry and cocoa.

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Vintage Data

  • Appellation:
    Napa Valley
  • Soil Type:
    Hambright soil series
  • Harvest Dates:
    September 11- October 5
  • pH Level:
  • Alcohol:
  • Aging:
    20 months

Antonio Galloni

The Cabernet Franc-dominated 2009 Hexameter boasts stunning textural depth and richness, but amazingly, no sense of heaviness at all. Mocha, espresso, violets, sage, orange rind and plums are woven together in this utterly impeccable, refined wine. With time in the glass, the more floral and savory herb-infused notes become more prominent. Initially created as a way to use the Cabernet Franc left over from the OVID blend, it is conceivable to see the Hexameter becoming one of the great wines in Napa Valley, and I don’t use those words lightly. Texturally dazzling, there is little doubt the 2009 is world-class all the way.