Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 3L 2011
About This Wine
On the nose: explosion of thyme, green peppers, roast beef, chili balanced with fresh blueberries, plums, cherries with hints of bubble gum
On the palate: fresh entrance evolving on ripe fruit with hints of blueberry, boysenberry lingering on blackberry, starfruit, pine
Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation: 50% barrel, 50% tank
Napa Valley faced a myriad of challenges in 2011. A cool and wet spring delayed the growing season and also created major shatter. The positive is it allowed the vine to concentrate its effort into the remaining clusters giving them intense flavors. Summer temperatures rarely rose above 90° F. By the beginning of September, the season was weeks behind the norm, but it really helped the balance between acidity and ripeness, protecting the acidity from being burned.
In early October, with the forecast calling for significant rain, growers faced a choice: pick before the rain and settle for less than optimum ripening or hope the grapes would weather the storm. Alpha Omega decided to pick the vineyards that were not well drained before the rain and the ones that were, after. This decision gave us a diversity of ripeness which helped the wine reach a deep and complex profile.