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2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Featuring the intensity and ripeness that have come to be the hallmark of our wines and a bright acidity that sparkles on the palate, this wine is a stunner.  Complex flavors of cedar, black cherry, boysenberry, crème de cassis and pencil shavings make for a multi-layered experience on the palate, along with a rich, dense texture and weighty finish. 

In this vintage, Rock Arch cabernet sauvignon, which has been the traditional source of our Reserve Cabernet over the years, has been rounded out with 9% Jim’s Vineyard cabernet sauvignon (a younger vineyard planted from our Rock Arch budwood), 9% Carolyn’s Vineyard Clone 337 cabernet sauvignon and 7% petit verdot.

Appellation: Napa/Sonoma
Vintage: 2011
Harvest: November 2011
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 14.4%
Bottling: August 2013
Production: 1374 cases
Release Date: March 2014
Price: 135.00


  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: Online
    Rating: 91+

    Full red-ruby. Lively aromas of blackcurrant, minerals and licorice.  Densely packed and very dark in character; distinctly chewy but less pliant and pretty than the 2011 Reserve Claret, with blackberry fruit enlivened by a strong spice component.  This very full but youthfully backward wine finishes with building tannins that call for patience.  Like the Claret, this is a very successful mountain wine in 2011.

  • The Wine Advocate: October 2014
    Rating: 94

    There are 1,374 cases of the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which spent 22 months in 40% new French oak. It exhibits classic notes of new saddle leather, unsmoked cigar tobacco, red and blackcurrants, and loamy soil undertones in a full-bodied, intense, opulent, fleshy style. 85% came from Sonoma County and 15% from Napa County. This beauty is on a fast evolutionary track, so drink it during its first 7-8 years of life.