2011 was a challenging vintage in Napa. as it nears the ten year mark, however, it appears that like 98 and 2000, those that were able to make more classic styled Cabs produced wines that have caught up with age. True, these wines are not as good as the top vintages, but they are excellent wines and now is the time to start checking in on them. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. What a great nose. Not over blown but nice cassis fruit with some graphite and a hint of char. On the palate, this is layered and complex. Nothing under ripe. Cassis intertwined with dry earthiness and a bit of char. Good balance. This drinks great on its own and is a bit contemplative. It works well with food (a bit of Butternut Squash soup). It should drink well at this level for the next ten to twelve years.
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