The Wine

Albion | Elizabethjohn


Marston_2008_CS_Front_sm- cropped“Above the fog line, everything was different. That was the first lesson I learned in 2011: Terroir matters…2011 is a year where hillside vineyards are the stars. Most importantly, 2011 is a beautiful vintage through which to discover what makes Napa Valley’s best Terroirs so compelling.” -Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2013

The 2011 growing season is best described as a ‘Winemaker’s Vintage’, representing the contributions of the vineyard and cellar teams. Our vines began to wake from slumber following gentle spring rains, and we were particularly enthused by the plush canopies and strong clusters that blossomed. Modest temperatures allowed us greater time in the vineyard, followed by intermittent moisture in October that delayed ripening ever so slightly. Precise vineyard management allowed us to harvest a beautiful crop on the morning of November 2nd, and the resulting wine was bottled on June 26th, 2013.

Appellation: Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley
Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrel Aging: 20 months (100% 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)