NAPA VALLEY 2011
|APPELLATION||Napa Valley, California|
|COMPOSITION||92% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Petit Verdot
|SOURCING/AGING||Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley, California
Tourmaline Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
Brix at harvest: 25.5°-26.3°
Aged 26 Months in New French Oak
|FERMENTATION||4 Day Cold Soak, 13 Day Primary Fermentation
14 Day Extended Maceration, ML in Barrels
|BLENDING||92% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 5% Merlot Broken Rock Vineyard and 3% Petit Verdot Tourmaline Vineyard.
pH: 3.79, TA: 6.1 g/L
|TASTING NOTES||Aromas of dark fruits, white pepper and violets. Flavors of dark chocolate, anise and black currants. Deep, vibrant purple color. Full bodied with polished tannins, long finish and balanced acidity. 2011 was a cooler year with a long growing season. The resulting wine is bold and complex with excellent aging potential.|
|AWARDS||Gold Medal 2014 SF International Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2015 New York Wine World & Spirits Comp.
Silver Medal 2015 Grand Harvest Awards Wine Comp.
Bronze Medal 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Comp.
|REVIEWS||90 Points Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2014
Rich in cassis and black peppercorn, grapes for this wine came from Stagecoach Vineyard as well as other Napa Valley superstar sources. It delivers layers of medium-weight blackberry and currant fruit, developed tannins and a signature taste of dusty minerals and rock. Small amounts of Merlot and Petit Verdot are blended in.—V.B.