2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
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“In 2011, Ramey bottled a far greater percentage of his juice into the entry-level Claret than normal, and saved only the best lots for the Cabernets, a decision that has paid off handsomely.”
– Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, #206, April 2013
Our seventh vintage of this Napa Valley appellation Cabernet, which represents a combination of hillside and valley floor vineyards. This year’s blend derives from 56% St. Helena, 17% Napa Valley, 13% Mt. Veeder, 12% Rutherford and 2% Oakville. This release is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.
Aging on the fine lees incorporates the oak so that the 18 months spent in 55% new barrels (a mixture of three-year air dried French and American) is barely noticeable. As with all our wines, it was fermented with native yeasts and bacteria and bottled without filtration in August 2013.
Our seventh vintage of this appellation Cabernet is blended from a combination of hillside and valley floor vineyards. Our style combines the harmony produced by traditional Bordelaise winemaking techniques with the voluptuousness gained from California’s weather, albeit a cooler, more elegant vintage.