2011 was a strange year for us. If you can call a third year in any activity strange! Maybe it is our lack of experience in Paso...but no, even seasoned Paso hands were commenting on it. On one hand, a worrisome data point: It was our latest harvest ever and the latest for the area in many, many years. On the other hand, the evidence of our senses tasting the grapes: the flavor development was very slow, but those flavors…mama mia! Superb freshness! No enormous tannin structures; instead a vivid fruit juiciness in the berries when close to harvest. So we've followed the growth of these wines with a lot of interest!
The theme of this wine is the one I've been talking about for all 2011's: tightly knit fruit texture, medium-sized tannin structure, and a "sexiness" of juicy appeal that has the focus of a blue laser in your nose and palate. Dark and red fruits interlaced with some minerality that gives it a sense of place. Superb length in mouth with echoes of blue colors (my personal metaphor, sorry!) both in the nose and in the back of your mouth once the glass is empty.
Wine EnthusiastA slightly reduced nose shows a bit of dank rubber, but the black cherries, dark mushrooms and soy sauce aromas soon shine through. The palate is driven by an umami character, trending toward forest floor, with red cherries and black pepper also present.
Wine SpectatorAppealingly balanced, offering a mix of red berry, loamy earth, cedar and cigar box notes. Shy of outstanding, this nonetheless offers a solid presentation of Cabernet. Drink now through 2024. 135 cases made.