Cabernet Sauvignon – textbook cabernet 2011
Napa Valley’s cool 2011 vintage yielded wines that are less ripely fruity than usual. That’s a boon for those who prefer Bordeaux-esque Cabernets.
Vintage 2011 adhered to the outstanding 2009 and 2010 and led to discussions as to which vintage was “better”. Our feeling is they are all extremely, extremely top quality; had abundant sunlight, trendy evenings and a completely dry harvest season. The even weather patterns in late September enabled the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest to take place at a much more kicked back speed, which benefits high-grade wine making. While fermenting, our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon great deals were deeply tinted, richly textured and also thus showed great promise.
The core of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from 3 websites located within the Oak Ridge, Rutherford and also Oakville AVA’s. The Oak Knoll Cabernet site exhibits its provenance with amazing balance. Collectively, TEXTBOOK 2011 showcases superlative “Napa Valley Cabernet” in a traditional, tasty and hospitable means.
At harvest, clusters were field-sorted then hand chose, and afterwards at the winery hand-sorted (berry-by-berry) at approximately 25 Brix. Cold saturating for 2 days in open-top temperature-controlled fermenters established shade as well as taste (in the absence of alcohol). Fermentation started spontaneously with prevailing yeasts and one everyday punchdown maintained the cap submersed in must, extracting excellent taste and structure. After inoculation with cultured yeasts as well as twenty-six days on their skins the should was delicately pressed right into French oak barriques at 5 brix where it finished fermentation. One Oakville Area Red wine great deal was utilized, including really good mouthfeel as well as mid-palate. Barrels were 100% French, 30% brand-new, three-year air-dried, medium-plus salute and also handbent by Cadus and Francois Freres in main France. Fourteen months barrel growth with only one racking and also one natural egg white fining integrated tastes and also developed its splendidly smooth mouth-feel.
Our company believe it is a “textbook” instance of this noble variety expanded in this superior appellation and that it can be enjoyed for numerous years to find.
Regional Composition: 100% Napa Valley (80% Oak Ridge, 10% Rutherford, 10% Oakville District).
Varietal Composition: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot.