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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

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WINEMAKER NOTES

The aromatics of this wine immediately greet you with earthy scents of dusty brambles and dried mint that combine elegantly with notes of bright fruit. This carries over to the palate in a lively combination of black cherries, raspberries, currants, and fig weaved harmoniously with exotic spices. Our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts complex structure and an acute balance between fruit and acid.
—Jean-François Pellet, Winemaker


THE 2011 VINTAGE

From beginning to end, this was a cool year. The Walla Walla Valley experienced no 100-degree days for the first time in well over a decade. Despite the cooler weather, our vineyards were still able to reach full ripening, with harvest occurring approximately three weeks late. The longer hang time led to layered, nuanced flavors with vibrancy and natural balance.


VITICULTURE

100% estate, sustainably farmed.
Founding member of VINEA.


WINE SPECIFICS

Varietal(s): 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc
Vineyard(s): 30% Summit View, 28% Les Collines, 18% Seven Hills,10% Octave, 9% XL, 5% Pepper Bridge
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program: 95% French, 5% American;
79% used, 21% new
Harvest Date(s): October 3 - November 3, 2011
Finished Alcohol: 14.2% by volume
Total Production: 5,244 cases
Bottling Date(s): February 11 - 14, 2013
Release Date: November 8, 2013
Price: $29.00

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Awards & Accolades
92 pts & Top 100 Wine of 2014, Wine Spectator: "Fresh and vibrant, this is tightly wound around fine tannins, offering a generous burst of currant and plum fruit, hinting at clove and pepper and the finish lingers harmoniously. #35 and 1 of 2 Washington wines to be included in the Top 100 list."
92 pts, Wine Enthusiast: "Editor's Choice. Brambly raspberry, a whiff of mint, plenty of cassis and a dusting of spice all combine in a well-structured wine ready for the table."
Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wines: "The dark fruit flavors are deep and penetrating, marked by notes of licorice, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans and loamy/silty earth and minerals."