Grand Napa Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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We love to find California Cabernet that echoes back to its home in Bordeaux, and this Reserve bottling from Grand Napa does so beautifully. This is reminiscent of a Left Bank blend in an excellent vintage, with the ripeness of lush fruit and a generous body meeting dark minerality, peppery spice, and notes of briar. All of this could have added up to Cru Classé Bordeaux, except for the meager pricetag. This is an old school and delicious take on Cabernet that is a special find from an American winery.
 
"This Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is quite elegant with black currant, plum, anise and red raspberry flavors with silky and integrated tannins that extend through a long finish. While very approachable now, this beautifully balanced wine has the structure and concentration that will be rewarded with another five to eight years of cellering." ~Grand Napa Vineyards

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Unit Size750.00 ML
VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Vintage2011
GrapeCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
CountryUnited States
RegionNapa Valley
Alcohol Content14.60%

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Grand Napa Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

 
By Grand Napa Vineyards
2011 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


Technical Details
Grapes: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot
Vineyard: 100% Napa Valley
Titratable Acidity: 5.6 g/L
pH: 3.75
Alcohol: 14.60%
Residual Sugar: 0.1 g/L

Vineyard Notes
A wet winter and spring continued with rainfall into mid-June, as bloom and fruit set were delayed in parts of the region, setting the stage for a long, cooler-than-average growing season. The precipitation measuring season, ending on June 30, found the region more than a third above normal in rainfall. While this is good news for water resources, the cloud cover and cool temperatures delayed vine development by several weeks at the onset of the growing season. This timetable continued through the somewhat cool summer season that led to the latest harvest start in anyone’s memory, beginning August 29. Few high heat events occurred at any point this year, but growers managed more open vine canopies to ensure sunlight, warmth and good air circulation around the grape clusters. After a consistently cool summer season, signicant mid-October rain pushed the vintage even later. But growers were rewarded with weeks of fantastic weather, a prolonged Indian summer that provided needed ripening time. The commitment to quality runs so deep and strong in this valley that systems for effective sorting were already set-up, both in the field and at the wineries. While quantity was low, the fruit this year will make for well balanced wines with good intensity, structure and texture with a brightness of flavor.

Tasting Notes
This Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is quite elegant with black currant, plum, anise and red raspberry flavors with silky and integrated tannins that extend through a long finish. While very approachable now, this beautifully balanced wine has the structure and concentration that will be rewarded with another five to eight years of cellaring.
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