Proprietary Red Napa Valley 3L 2011
About This Wine
On the nose: Strong cedar with touches of cigar boxes, hints of licorice balanced with rosemary, white pepper, nutmeg evolving on sawdust, dark cherries, baked brioche
On the palate: Soft but fresh entrance of blackberries, cassis, elderberry lingering on dense tannins, touches of Italian spice
Blend: : 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot
Fermentation: 50% barrel fermented, 50% stainless steel tank fermented
Aging: 22 months in French oak, 80% new, 20% in 1-year-old barrels
Napa Valley faced myriad 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 and 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.