Lot 385 | 2011 Stags Leap District
Cellartracker Avg. Score 91 pts; Recommended by Wine Enthusiast Dec. 2013; 2013 Cabernet Shootout Award Winner; A classic stunner from Stags Leap District.
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- Stags Leap District
- Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- 3750 Cases
- Now through 2023
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Wish I had ordered more
Last bottle of this. Huge aromatic fruit forward bouquet with rasberry and cherry overtones. Rich dark fruit flavor smooth and slightly tannic with hint of pepper undertone. Dark garnet color.
Still maturing but aging well
Pulled this bottle for our anniversary dinner. Decanted for about two hours before dinner. Very nice dark ruby color and great taste of blackberry and cherry. I'm thinking it will only get better over the next few years. Paired with steak, asparagus and grilled mushrooms. This wine deserves a 91 point rating. Very nice.
Tight right out of the bottle but, after an hour or so decant, the flavors came out. A big mid palate cherry bomb then, about a half an hour later, berry flavors (blackberry in particular) came through. A very nice wine to sip over the course of an evening.
Great value for a 2011
Almost gone thru 2 cases of this
We let it breath while we prepared dinner and enjoyed this stunning Cab. Will fight the urge and let the remaining 11 bottles age into their full glory.
Wish I'd Ordered More
After 30 minutes in the glass - WOW. Great intensity, complexity and drinkability. Sold Out, so just bought 3 other cabs from Cam - every bottle so far has been a terrific. I've told a couple friends, however fear demand for Cam's wine may exceed supply. Keep the great wine comin. My trouble is letting them sit and age.
Thoroughly enjoyed it over the holidays. Would be better in a year or so.
Connect the dots
It appears that the new venture produced a trial run from the 2011 vintage, declassified it, and sold it off. That leaves us to ponder what an exceptional winemaking team could do with a somewhat variable vintage. Lot 385 is a superb effort. It is infanticide to drink it now, yet it begs to be sampled. The floral element in the nose suggests that there may be Cabernet Franc in a blend. The nose is slow to open, yields to a bit of humidor and sweet oak, and the components need time to integrate. If you must sample it now, decant it, and let it sit for hours as Pierre suggests in his review. I left a bottle open overnight., to the advantage of the wine. Entry is tight and tannic. This really needs time to bloom, but the monolithic quality will evolve. Take a flyer on this offering while it is still available, for it is both enjoyable and educational.
What a difference a year makes.
I bought this wine last year and was hoping for a stags leap experience, but was severely disappointed. Tonight I opened a bottle and was blown away. Holy Cow. I immediately ordered another case to put down with those I bought last year. OMG, these will only get better year after year. They show great potential. Grab some before its gone guys.
What are you waiting for?
I will add my voice to the Hallelujah Chorus backing this wine. I have been drinking CH Cabs since the early days and this is the most distinctive of them all. Class and quality. By now, the producer is a poorly kept secret. A rare opportunity to enjoy a first class Napa Cabernet at a bargain basement price. Yes, age will bring improvement, but it is a joyful experience right now.