The 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet shows beautiful dark garnet color. The nose opens with big, ripe, red fruits - particularly raspberry and red currant - before moving into layers of barrel spice, anise, and warm cedar. Entering the palate, this wine is bright and lively with good weight and tannin presence. There is also a firm acidity that will make for great food pairings. The mid-palate is loaded with juicy red fruit and blueberry, which are nicely complemented by well-integrated barrel notes of vanilla, sarsaparilla, and toast.
Wine Maker Notes
This growing season was defined by a late spring and cool summer, with a slow and cool ripening through the fall. In fact, summer never really showed up in 2011, which resulted in both a later-than-normal harvest and wines that are very classical in nature – more red fruit focused with bright acidity and great refinement.
"Super classic scents of sweet tobacco, dried flowers, mint, licorice and dried cherries emerge from Montelena's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. A floral, mid-weight wine, the 2011 Cabernet is built for near-term drinking. Soft, silky tannins support the gracious finish." - 88 Points Antonio Galloni