2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
While our 2011 has all the intensity and structure one would expect from a mountain Cabernet, we would still classify it as an elegant wine. The nose is bright and open with cassis, blackberries, cedar and earth. The palate is deep, rich and generous with firm acids and chewy tannins. All said and done, it is a classic Napa Cabernet that should age gracefully into the next decade.
Vintage 2011 was challenging for winegrowers and winemakers alike. We had a rainy winter and spring which lead to late bud break. Overall, the summer of 2011was similar to 2010 with cold and foggy mornings, a good deal of humidity and many pests to battle. To encourage more air flow and sunlight and reduce the risk of mildew, we strategically removed leaves from the canopy. The grapes were hand harvested on October 22.
The fruit for our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon came from a rocky, well-exposed vineyard up on Atlas Peak. The berries were small, tightly bunched and intensely flavored. We destemmed and then cold soaked the grapes for four days prior to a temperature-controlled fermentation. The wine was aged in French oak barrels – 50% of which were new for 20 months prior to bottling.