This incarnation of our classic blend of 65% merlot and 35% cabernet sauvignon really shines. The wine radiates bright red fruit notes of cherry, strawberry and red raspberry, and also has hints of rose petal and beeswax. On the palate, the wine is unctuous and thick. This is consistently one of my absolute favorite wines to make, and to drink, and this 2011 version ranks up there with the best of them. 

The merlot selected for this wine is from our Lower Mountain Top block and was aged in French oak barrels (40% new) for 16 months.  The cabernet component is 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.  The blend was allowed to marry for an additional two and a half months before bottling in August 2013.

 

Appellation: Napa/Sonoma
Vintage: 2011
Harvest: November 2011
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 65% Merlot
35% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.3%
Bottling: August 2013
Production: 472 cases
Release Date: March 2014
Price: $135.00
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Reviews

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: Online
    Rating: 92

    Good deep red. Slightly high-toned aromas of plum, spices, mocha, fig, vanilla, and milk chocolate, lifted by a floral nuance.  Then creamy-sweet yet savory and penetrating too, with surprisingly healthy acidity giving elegance and sappiness to the silky middle palate.  I like the blend of sweetness and vinosity here.  Finishes lightly saline and long, with ripe tannins nicely covered by fruit.