OVID Napa Valley

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 11 with our final fruit coming in on October 5, 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.

The 2009 OVID Napa Valley is seamlessly layered with aromas of mulberry, fresh boysenberry, roasted chestnuts and sandalwood, and wonderfully dense with a rich, precise core of polished tannins. We take joy in the wine of this vintage for its power, depth, and deliciousness. It tells the story of a season measured out in golden days. The wine was made as naturally as possible and is unfined, unfiltered and minimally racked.

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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

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2009 OVID is stunningly beautiful. At times it shows a little more depth, power and richness than the Hexameter, but both wines are compelling. Endless layers of fruit saturate the palate as this rich, intense wine conquers the heart and intellect. A totally vivid wine, the 2009 is even more impressive from bottle than it was from barrel. Over the time I followed it, the 2009 gained finesse and elegance in the glass, which bodes quite well for the future. Intense graphite, crushed rocks and pencil shaving nuances add energy to the polished, huge finish.

Wine Spectator

Gorgeous aromas, plump and generous, lead to ripe, rich, juicy plum and black cherry flavors that show touches of cedar, fresh earth, black licorice and spice. Gains momentum and finesse, with a long, subtle, detailed finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

Antonio Galloni

The sheer depth, richness and volume in the 2010 is simply dazzling.

The 2010 OVID bursts from the glass with an exciting mélange of dark red fruit, smoke, licorice and sweet spices. It is wonderfully perfumed and expressive from start to finish. The sheer depth, richness and volume in the 2010 is simply dazzling. I tasted the 2010 from a preliminary base blend. The potential clearly exists for this to be a truly special, thrilling wine. I loved it.