2011 Mt. Veeder Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 was a tough year for many vintners throughout the state. A wet winter and spring, caused delayed blooms in the vineyards and ultimately a lower yield overall. The long cool summer and early fall rains meant that ideal sugar levels were rarely met and fruits were slightly under ripe. One good thing that happened is that the long cool growing season does help bring about many secondary flavor profiles to the wines instead of just bold ripe fruits. This not only makes age worthy wines, but also much more unique wines from slightly warmer growing regions.
WHAT YOU'LL SEE, SMELL & TASTE
Coming from the famed Mt. Veeder district of the Napa Valley, this reserve Cabernet is truly showing its magnificent colors with a plum red base and copper highlights. On the nose, a classic aroma of cassis is portrayed followed by cranberry compote, vanilla, baking spices, and black pepper. The persistent cassis as well as fresh figs accompanies the silky smooth texture on the mid-palate. Spices and cedar are soon added to this lovely blend of fruit that melody together and continue to linger on the long, pleasantly tannic finish.
Steaks, lamb chops, venison, cheddar bacon hamburgers
Alcohol, pH, harvest, and sugar::
14.5% by Volume, 3.71 pH, Sept 13th, 26 brix.
Bottled 40 cases on 12/4/14
36 months in 40% Alain Fouquet French barrels, and the balance in neutral barrels.
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