LIBRARY: Cab Sauv (Howell Mountain) 2011 - 1.5L
The 2011 vintage produced remarkable balance and maturity for our estate-bottled Howell Mountain Cabernet. Aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry and currant flood the palate with balanced natural acidity and gently gripping tannins. Seamlessly even across the mid-palate, this mountain Cabernet maintains an elegance al the way through the long finish with hints of black licorice. Delicious in its youth, this bottling will reward the enthusiast with bottle aging for decades to come.
Bob’s thoughts on the 2011 vintage
Personally, I love the wines we produced from the 2011 vintage. I am aware that some members of the wine press panned this vintage, blaming cool and/or wet weather conditions that prevented thorough ripening. I must respond to this unfair blanket characterization. While some microclimates may have had difficulties, others did not. When comparing our 2011s with vintages that have been given high praise, the character and expression are very similar. The additional hang time we could give our crop made for mature, fully ripe fruit.
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