Private Reserve 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Award winning cult Cabernet from Oakville, Rutherford, and St Helena's best vineyards.
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- Napa Valley
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- Now through 2030
A standout expression of 2011.
So good I bought more!
I have been saving the 7 year vertical for a comparative taste tasting with friends, but I opened the 2011 recently. It is one of those wines that as soon as you open it and smell the cork, you know that Life Is Good! I rated it a 98. -cf
After letting this big cab open up for about an hour, my family & I really savored this wine! Full of tannins, full of flavor that lingers.... just Yum! A real treat aside from the usual Cabernets we have that are just not in this class!
Big Hit at the Wine Club
I belong to a wine club, and each month we bring expensive wines to sample. This was a hit. Please let it decant for at least an hour, maybe more.
Let it air out
While it may not be the "best value". Shocked at a 1 star review. This wine doesn't disappoint.
I don't know that it's a $150 wine, but it is very good. Deep and rich with a nice finish. The fact that it has a little age on helps I'm sure. Delicious
A Classic Beauty
Opened the bottle first with a Jarlsberg cheese and salami appetizer and later with a lamb chops, corn and mixed vegetables dinner. This was a perfect match. The wine was deep maroon in color. It was strong, dry and very smooth with the taste of dark berries and just a hint of oak. After that sip, you mouth would pucker and that taste would last a bit. It told me that I wanted another sip. This wine was definitely a keeper, but how much longer will it be around to savor? Taste it while you can.
Great Bottle of Wine
Sort of the essence of a big, complex Napa Cab. We opened it without a decant, probably should have, as the wine evolved really beautifully in the bottle after about an hour of aeration. At first, the wine was tannic, without any really notable fruit/oak/earth/minerality notes, but then you notice that great finish, where you start to taste the oak. It hangs for a nice, pleasant long-time. After about 15-20 minutes, the tannins abated, and the fruit began to sing a bit. Still, this is a very balanced wine, bordeaux like, without any component standing out. The fruit was the fruit, but the minerality/graphite began to shine. Became a very delicious, satisfying Napa Cab...the wine continued to evolve with the second pour...about 45 minutes later. Floral notes on the nose...the tannins basically disappeared.
I think with a 1-2 hour decant, this wine is in its prime. Just a delicious bottle, and probably appropriately priced. I'd order this one again.
Opened first bottle and was pleased. Intend to lay the rest down for a few more years.
Very different than the other private reserve vintages with strong nose and body opening up over time and a great wine in a tough year.