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The Vineyardist Cabernet Sauvignon 750ML 2011
Sku: 39654
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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Napa County
Appellation: Diamond Mountain
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Still wine
Reg. $160.99
Web Only Sale $118.79
Buy The Vineyardist Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Advocate 90 points - As one might expect, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is lighter, but is one of the more impressive wines of this vintage because of the high elevation vineyard and the fact that it would appear they had less problems with fog-induced botrytis than the valley floor sites. The 2011 possesses 14.7% alcohol, and the tannins are sweeter and softer than what is found in 2009 and 2010. The fruit is forward, evolved, rich and intense. This 412-case 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon displays a dense purple color along with a big, rich nose of creosote, smoky barbecue, black currants, bouquet garni, and loamy soil/underbrush scents. With velvety tannins, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and an endearing rich suppleness, this 2011 can be drunk now or cellared for 10-12 years. (Oct 2013)

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The Vineyardist is a singular bottling of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon produced off the estate’s seven acres of densely planted vineyards. Jim Barbour planted and manages the four, planted vineyard blocks, while Mark Herold, whose credits include Merus, Kobalt and his own eponymous label, is our winemaker. We completely declassified the first five vintages of the wine, as they did not meet our exacting standards. Our commitment is only to release wine that reflects the enormous potential of the estate and essence of the Diamond Mountain District.

Lorenz Peterson, a Dutch-born shipbuilder from San Francisco, was our estate’s founder. He lost his entire savings in the Bank Panic of 1873, except for $2,000 he had not deposited. He used that sum to purchase the property. Clearing the land himself, he built a family home and planted the original vineyard to Zinfandel, Alicante Bouche, Carignan, and Malvasia. In a few short years Lorenz had become skilled in farming the estate’s vineyards, crafting its wine, and marketing its production. He was a vineyardist. Lorenz sold his wine to brokers in San Francisco in an annual auction held around his kitchen table in the family’s house. The auctions lasted until Prohibition when the vines were converted to prunes and walnuts. In 2000, after a decade-long search, we acquired the estate, completed the restoration of the 130 year-old Victorian home and replanted the original vineyards to Cabernet Sauvignon. Construction of The Vineyardist winery is currently underway.

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