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2011 Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley *91pts - Vinous


 
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"Merryvale's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is delicious,” writes Vinous. “Dark plum, mocha, sweet spices, licorice and new leather all flesh out in a surprisingly voluptuous, racy Cabernet Sauvignon. The finish alone is striking. This is a terrific showing from Merryvale.” And from Wine Enthusiast, a 92-points score and a coveted Editors’ Choice designation. "Despite the challenging harvest, this Cabernet excels in juicy blueberry and plum tones. Dusted with cinnamon on the finish, it shows a level-headed use of oak, imparting a soft, expressive texture…”

Sure, Napa Cab devotees have been warned about the 2011 vintage. Well, it just so happens that many very successful Cabernets were made up and down the Valley in 2011. But because the harvest was a challenging one, it takes a real wine sleuth to sniff out the best bottles.

We found one, made by our dear friends at Merryvale. In this 2011, this highly awarded estate made a beautifully hewn Cab that displays enviable finesse. Nothing over-the-top here, and in fact it’s a Napa Cab that shows many of the hallmarks of fine red Bordeaux, with a lively midpalate designed to cut through foods and an incredible interplay between forward fruit characters of blackberry and black cherry with baking spice, graphite and a touch of tobacco leaf. This Cab drinks well with most any food. And Free Shipping on 3+ bottles makes for very affordable sipping of this elegant Napa Cab over the next year or two.


Reasons why we love it:

The 2011 Merryvale Cab is actually a typically Bordeaux assemblage of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.

Merryvale Vineyards is a family-owned winery dedicated to passionate winemaking and the fine art of living well. For the past 25 years Merryvale has been turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world-class wine.

By now, we’ve heard the pundits’ take on the 2011 vintage. Inconsistent weather during bud break and the early part of summer created challenging conditions for growers. Napa Cabernets from 2011 tend to be more elegant and food-friendly than riper vintages, and this one from Merryvale is one of the finest in the more European style than we’ve tasted to date.

This wine is very dark in color with intense aromas of blackberry, cassis, graphite, vanilla and cedar. The palate shows intense notes of boysenberry, plum, blueberry, camphor, smoke, coffee, cedar, and Asian spices.

The first winery built in Napa Valley following the repeal of Prohibition, Merryvale is located in the heart of America's premier wine region. Beautiful landscaped gardens accented with an elegant fountain greet our guests at our historic winery, ideally located in downtown St. Helena, adjacent to the renowned Tra Vigne restaurant and Taylor’s Refresher and within walking distance of excellent shopping and dining.

In this celebrated home, passionate winemaking thrives in the care of the Schlatter family, along with Winemakers Sean Foster and Graham Wehmeier. The winery continues to capture the elegance and charm of its historic beginnings, with our enchanting historic Cask Room where we host private events, unique wine club events, seasonal dining, and Weekend Wine Events. The winery also features a newly renovated winemaking cellar that showcases the latest equipment to craft boutique wines.

By maintaining our vision -- turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world class wine-- Merryvale has earned international acclaim for wines of outstanding quality. Visit us in our Tasting Cellar to experience Napa Valley.

Whether as a match for prime rib and steaks or on its own for soulful sipping, this Cab has the chops and the pedigree to please every Napa Cab lover.

Wine Ratings

92 Points, Editor's Choice- Wine Enthusiast 

91 Points- Vinous 

95 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

"Despite the challenging harvest, this Cabernet excels in juicy blueberry and plum tones. Dusted with cinnamon on the finish, it shows a level-headed use of oak, imparting a soft, expressive texture marked by acidity. Enjoy now or cellar through 2026." -Wine Enthusiast 

"Merryvale's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is delicious. Rich, round and layered, the 2011 impresses for its overall balance and class. Dark plum, mocha, sweet spices, licorice and new leather all flesh out in a surprisingly voluptuous, racy Cabernet Sauvignon.The finish alone is striking. This is a terrific showing from Merryvale." - Vinous 

Get ready for a classic, the Napa Cabernet from Merryvale is tradition in a bottle.  There is not even a hint of the infamously green 2011 vintage, just layer upon layer of ripe berry, spiced oak and brooding tannin.  The nose shows blackberry, cassis and blueberry compote, with nutmeg, vanilla and sandalwood.  The palate is even more showy, offering up black cherry and plum skin with dark chocolate and sweet Italian coffee, all leading to a bold and textured finish of powerful but smooth tannin.  A very well made wine at the best price in the country, don’t miss this one.  Enjoy now through 2030. - DZ Apr 2016

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