2011 Tom Eddy Cabernet Sauvignon Elodian Napa Valley
 
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Tom Eddy Vineyards, Napa Valley & Kerry & Tom Eddy #1 Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Bargain of 2011

As Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's hand-picked protégé, first reported, the top Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons of 2011 are "absolutely beautiful." This was an unusually cool growing season in the valley, one that required exceptional rigor in the vines to bring late-maturing Cabernet to phenolic maturity. At Harlan Estate, Managing Director Don Weaver told us that their $850/bottle 2011 Cabernet was one of the best wines Harlan had ever made, largely because they'd been so severe in the vines and the sorting table. As a result, Weaver confided, production was down nearly 50 percent.

Paul Roberts at Colgin mimicked Weaver's enthusiasm, suggesting that the undisputed King of Pritchard Hill would soon release a spellbinding lineup of 2011s, while adding that production was off by almost half.

Over dinner at Bistro Jeanty with Luc and Jodie Morlet last week, Luc showed up with three bottles. The first was the Champenois' 2012 Proportion Dorée. The other two were 2011 Cabernets, one from Knights Valley, the other from Andy Beckstoffer's To Kalon. "We harvested next to nothing," Luc told us. "But the fruit that made it past the sorting table was magnificent."

Tom Eddy has been crafting brilliantly age-worthy mountain Cabernet Sauvignons for over three decades from striking, mountain slopes off of Stagecoach and Ellington Vineyards on Atlas Peak and Bella Vista on Diamond Mountain. Eddy is revered for his deft cellar hand with mountain tannins, always nursing out luscious black-fruit flavors while fending off any hint of astringency. But when we asked Eddy about the astounding richness and chiseled focus of his 2011, he was quick to give credit to his growers.

"If there was ever a vintage where you needed to stay on top of your growers, 2011 was it. In many ways, it was a fight to the finish. Winemakers insisted on tripling down on rigor in the vines, dropping fruit, opening up leaf canopies by hand to jumpstart maturity. Growers pushed back, not illegitimately, claiming they couldn't justify the labor cost."

"But, I've been working with the same guys for years. They never said a word, and just did what needed to be done. So if you want to give credit anyone for what I think is the best Elodian Cabernet I've ever made, don't talk about me. Talk about Stagecoach, Ellington and Bella Vista."

Forget the price tag, Tom Eddy's 2011 Elodian Cabernet Sauvignon, drawn from three top mountain vineyards (Stagecoach and Ellington on Atlas Peak and Bella Vista on Diamond Mountain) is a tour de force. Deep purple/black to the rim, infused with explosive aromas of crushed black fruits, sweet crème de cassis, boysenberry, framed with new-wood cedar. Massive on the attack, yet (as always with Eddy's Cabs) silken in texture, packed with blackberry compote, finishing with supple, sneaky tannins. Drink now, if you're impatient. Otherwise, do as we're doing, and lay the 2011 Elodian Cabernet Sauvignon down for 7-10 years."



Tasting Notes

2011 Tom Eddy Cabernet Sauvignon Elodian Napa Valley
"This new release from Tom Eddy is a tour de force, far and away the richest and most polished Elodian Cabernet to date. Deep purple/black to the rim, infused with explosive aromas of crushed black fruits, sweet crème de cassis, boysenberry, framed with new-wood cedar. Massive on the attack, yet (as always with Eddy's Cabs) silken in texture, packed with blackberry compote, finishing with supple, sneaky tannins. Drink now, if you're impatient. Otherwise, do as we're doing, and lay this one down for 7-10 years in a cool cellar. It could use the rest."
-- WineAccess Travel Log

 

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