Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Howell Mountain
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Titratable Acidity: 5.8 g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.10 g/L
Challenging year in the vineyard reaps rewards in the cellar. What began with a wet winter and spring continued with rainfall into mid-June that delayed bloom and disrupted fruit set resulting in shatter in parts of the region set the stage for a long, cooler-than-average growing season with a later-than- average harvest beset with autumn rain storms. The precipitation measuring season ending on June 30 found the region more than a third above normal in rainfall. The relatively cool growing season coupled with the unexpected heat spikes in late summer resulted in a late and shortened harvest with lower yields. Vintners were excited about what they were tasting from the vineyards- concentrated flavors that will materialize into elegant, structured wines, almost European in style. Cooler than average temperatures retuned again in early September, but gave way to a welcome, warm and consistent Indian Summer that was just the ticket, bringing good flavor and color development across the board.
A classic Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, deep, rich and loaded with pure blackberry, bing cherry, anise and spicy briar. This elegantly balanced Cabernet gains depth and length on the long, layered finish. Typical for the Howell Mountain appellation, this wine should age gracefully through at least 2022.
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