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Here's what we love: a no-expense-spared, barrel-aged 2011 Reserve Napa production from a well renowned vintner and California craftswoman Alison Crowe. A blend that adheres to time-tested notions of style, it's a juicy, fresh wine (rather than syrupy) that easily works solo or enjoyed throughout a meal. Ready to go now, this is a wine for enjoying over the next several years.
Things to Know:
100% Estate Fruit from a fourth generation estate: hand picked and sorted to save only the best for their Estate Reserve Bottling.
2011 is that vintage that has everyone buzzing. Offering tons of depth and style after time in the bottle, it's the shining star to drink now.
A Cool Vintage: made it a Merlot year, which comprises 65% of this blend. “Many believe great wines were made, just not enough of them,” remarked Wine Spectator, thanks to the cool wet growing season, which means it’s time to stock up while you can!
The Year for Red Blends: “A great selection of Cabernet lots blended with some amazing Merlot and Cabernet Franc could create some very successful wines,” said Napa wine consultant Philippe Melka.
Inside Fact:. Instead of protecting their grape vines from the heat, vintners had to chase the warmth in an effort to get the grapes ripe enough for harvest.
Our panel was blown away by the quality in this bottle, special care was clearly given to the blend to enhance the natural acidity and bring out the soft red fruit. The wine pours a luminous red and smells of ripe red fruit, tobacco leaf, rose peta and spiced cedar. The palate is fresh and lively, bursting with strawberry, currant, red cherry and plum, with a dusting of baking spice and vanilla. - DZ