2011 MARSTON FAMILY VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The 2011 vintage began with a wet Spring that delayed vine development into March, yet provided plush canopies and strong clusters. The moderate Summer required precise vineyard management and fruit adjustments to balance maturity and vine health. Intermittent moisture in early October delayed ripening ever so slightly, eclipsed by an abundance of sunshine above the fog later in the month. A late harvest concluded on a beautiful 80 degree morning on November 2nd, and the resulting fruit was poised, clean and concentrated. Following natural fermentation in both oak and stainless steel, it was abundantly clear that this challenging vintage possessed the balance, complexity and depth of a grand vin.
Appellation: Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley
Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrel Aging: 18 months (75% New French Oak)
Production: 302 Cases
Winemaker Tasting Notes: “A beautiful bouquet of black cherry, shaved cocoa, white pepper and cassis transition to a concentrated mouth of black currant, tea leaf, pencil shavings and pomegranate. Dark chocolate structured tannins build into notes of raspberry enveloped in peach blossom, delivering an elegant finish of exceptional length.” – Marbue Marke (302 cases)