88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot
100% French oak, Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons)
Barrel Aging: 18 months
Age of Barrels: 100% new
With aromas of truffle, fine cocoa powder, sweet leather, ripe raspberry and forest floor, this is a Cabernet to be contemplated and savored. On the palate, rich, complex flavors of ripe plum, strawberry rhubarb, fig and bramble are underscored by earthy notes and fine, dusty tannins that carry through to a lingering finish.
In one of the coolest growing seasons in memory, we benefited greatly in 2011 from our 35 years of experience farming Bordeaux varietals. To counteract uneven vine growth due to unusual spring weather, we did meticulous green thinning. We also gently opened up the canopy to expose the fruit, were judicious in our picking schedule, and sorted meticulously both in the vineyards and winery. The majority of our Merlot came in before the October rains, and due to our quality adjustments the remainder of our fruit fared well until it was harvested. Warm up-valley locations like Oakville, Rutherford, St, Helena and Calistoga were particularly successful, and overall the resulting wines are pure and elegant.