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2011 St.Clement Johanna Cabernet Sauv

2011 St.Clement Johanna Cabernet Sauv Napa Valley | 91.3pts -CTA


 
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"Pretty much everything you could want in this style" -JZ

On occasion, a neighbor holds back a palate or two of locally produced wine. In this case, that means a small allocation from one of our favorite Napa wineries, which also happens to be one of California’s great names in Cabernet.

The 2011 St. Clement Johanna Cab is lush and full bodied, a delicately oaked example sourced from a selection of prime valley floor sites in the Napa Valley’s top sub-appellations. With seven years of bottle age, this Napa Cab is now at approaching its peak and will continue to offer heaps of drinking pleasure over the next five years.


Four reasons we love it:

  • The 2011 vintage in the Napa Valley was a tricky one, but a year in which many wonderful wines were produced. In general, cooler than average temperatures created more European-style wines with firm tannins and age-worthy acidity. According to the Napa Valley Vintners association: “A challenging year in the vineyard reaps rewards in the cellar.”
  • Fritz H. Rosenbaum, a stained-glass merchant and San Francisco resident, built the manor house that is now St. Clement in 1878. This Cabernet is named after Rosenbaum’s wife—Johanna.
  • The St. Clement house—a small mansion, really and a gorgeous example of the Gothic/Victorian style--remained a private residence until 1976 when it was transformed into a winery.
  • Built on a legacy of highly respected wines produced in small quantities, St. Clement maintains long-term relationships with some of the best winegrowers in the Napa Valley.

Elegant and lush in cherry, huckleberry and cassis, the 2011 Johanna Cabernet Sauvignon offers further complexities ranging from baking spices and savory herbs to hints of mint and violet.

In 1878, Fritz H. Rosenbaum, a German stained-glass merchant living in San Francisco, and his wife Johanna, built a modern Gothic-Victorian style home on a knoll north of St. Helena. This house is now the tasting room for St. Clement. The first wines were vented in the stone cellars beneath the house, and Johannaberg Cellars became one of the earliest bonded wineries in the Napa Valley.

The St. Clement house was built in 1878 by Fritz Rosenbaum, an affluent manufacturer, and importer of fine mirrors and glass who furnished the opulent homes of San Francisco's "Gilded Age". The Rosenbaums made Riesling and Zinfandel in the cellar underneath their house. Over the years the property was owned by a number of colorful characters, most of whom made wine underneath the house.

The St. Clement moniker was born in 1976 when William Casey, a local ophthalmologist, bought the house and built a 10,000 case stone winery behind it. The St. Clement name was a tribute to Casey's ancestors, who helped found the state of Maryland. The cross that is part of the St. Clement logo can be found on the Maryland state flag.

About Danielle Cyrot

Wine always had been a part of Danielle’s life, but she never imagined it would be her career. Having grown up with a French father and yearly trips to Paris, Danielle was aware of her family’s history. Her great-grandfather was the last in a long line of ancestors who owned the Cyrot vineyard in Burgundy’s prestigious Côte de Beaune.

After losing his eldest son in World War I, her grandfather donated the land to the Hospices de Beaune, and a Cyrot cuvée still is sold at the charity auction each year. Danielle had no intention of revitalizing her family’s history of winemaking when she enrolled at the University of California, Davis, but everything changed when she took an introductory winemaking class taught by a very popular professor, Carole Meredith. Danielle was hooked immediately, and she graduated in 1998 with a degree in Enology and Viticulture.

While at Davis, Danielle worked harvests at Schramsberg and Artesa in Napa Valley. After graduation, she was determined to experience winemaking abroad and traveled to Alsace and South Australia to hone her skills. Danielle returned to Napa in 1999 and joined the team at Stag’s Leap Winery as an enologist. In 2003, she was promoted to assistant winemaker.

In 2005, after six years at Stag’s Leap, Danielle was offered the position of winemaker at St. Clement, which produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, among other varietals. She has now moved on to become the winemaker at CADE Estate Winery, where she is crafting Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Drawing on her travels to France and Australia as well as her experience in the Napa Valley, Danielle appreciates the philosophy that wine is created in the vineyard, but she also monitors her cellar carefully. Her wines are elegantly structured with refined tannins and balanced components.

Let out your inner carnivore with this bottle. Indulge in seared meats, grilled root veggies, and saucy stews.

Wine Ratings

94 Insider Points

91 Points- Cellar Tracker Average

Wine Reviews

Johanna Hits All the Right Spots.

I do love me some big Napa Cabs. Especially when they share my namesake.This wine is awesome. Pretty much everything you could want in this style. Let's dive in.

A blackberry and graphite nose. On the palate, it shows black currant, pomegranate, red cherry, plum and fresh forest floor. It has a lengthy finish, with more of the berry fruits coming out. It's been a long week, you deserve a delicious Cab.

94 Points - JZ February '18


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