2011  Jefferson Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Jefferson Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon

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Wine Enthusiast: 91 points

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  • Rich and smooth! Our Jefferson Cuvee is luscious, richly textured and elegant. It is a full-bodied but ready to drink wine. Aromatics of berry, plum and cassis lead into wine that is packed with black fruit, cedar, spice and cocoa and with a long, supple finish.

    Wine Profile
    Production Notes
    The Jefferson Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon blend is always an enjoyable wine to assemble each year. We generally have a relatively high proportion (up to 25%) of varietals other than Cabernet Sauvignon used in the blend so we can explore some additional layers of interest in terms of varietal aromas and textural complexity. Historically, Merlot has been a primary blending component for this wine, as we have really enjoyed the pairing of the soft tannin-higher acid Merlot with the higher tannin-lower acid Cabernet lots. Cabernet Franc has long played a supporting role in the Jefferson Cuvee blend up until 2009, when we blended with Cabernet Franc as the primary blending component. 2011 marks our 13th vintage of Cabernet Franc winemaking, and we have learned a lot about the grape over those years. With careful farming and patience nearing harvest, we feel that the grape has earned its place as a master blender in our cellar. Our 2011 Jefferson Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of the benefits of our estate vineyards. We employed a lot of patience in a cool vintage and let the fruit hang and hang until we felt it was ready. Most of our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes hung in the vineyard until the end of October; some of the grapes picked in early November.
    Winemaker Notes
    This wine has ripe berry fruit and spice aromas. There are nice dark cherry, mocha and coffee tones on the nose. On the palate the wine has a powerful entry; the wine is expansive and fills the palate. The tannins are nicely structured and provide a great framework for the wine. I find black cherry, blackberry, coffee all layered with intense smoky tones on the palate. The wine is well balanced and is showing some firm tannins in its youth which will allow it to age gracefully for years to come. This wine is best enjoyed from a decanter, 30-45 minutes after opening. Drink Now through 2023.
    Food Pairing Notes
    Red Meats, Hearty Dishes, Dark-Chocolate (bitter-sweet), Strong-flavored Cheeses
  • Wine Specs
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley
    Vineyard Designation
    Estate Grown
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