A Note from Christophe on the 2011 Vintage
It's no secret that the 2011 harvest was one of the more challenging on record for Napa Valley vintners and growers. Although Napa Valley is known for producing consistent quality wines year after year, each vintage does display its own individual qualities and character – this is the exciting part about agriculture (and ultimately why we put a date on the bottle). The cool 2011 growing season resulted in wines that showcase fresh, bright fruit flavors and elegant, approachable tannins, yet still structured, balanced and age-worthy.
While yields were lower, this helped balance and compensate for lower temperatures and the majority of our red wine grapes picked remained unaffected by the cooler vintage and ultimately delivered quality consistent with year's past. Tasked with one of the more challenging vintages of recent memory, our meticulous farming skills were tested and our efforts were ultimately rewarded with elegant wines. The vineyard team adapted canopy management to allow maximum sun exposure for fruit and rigorous cluster selections were implemented in 2011. For Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2011 vintage proved to be a waiting game. Patience was required to ensure ideal maturity and our resulting wines show no vegetal expression. Our estate vineyard is farmed row by row to ensure every vine is farmed to its specific needs – this proved extra helpful in 2011 to ensure that grapes matured at an even pace and showed normal ripeness by harvest.