Big, rich, smooth
I waited seven months before popping a cork on this cab and it was SO worth the wait!. All I can say is that this wine represents everything you could possibly want from a first rate Napa Cab. And at the price point from WA, I would consider this a bargain hunter's dream.
I had the pleasure of sampling this wine with Todd Anderson in his cellar a while back. I have not sampled it since then but having ordering more off WA recently I went to the cellar and opened a bottle this evening. Simply phenomenal for such a young wine. Great color, intense nose of blackberry, cherry and perfectly balanced vanillin from oak. The body is strong yet supple with fantastic structure and wrapped with fine tannins that linger long after the passage of this extraordinary cab. It is quite nuanced.. Rarely have I encountered wines of this caliber for this price.
Even better than before
One of the shockers of Wine Access. This bargain priced 2011 has knocked out all who I have shared it with. It has gone side by side with the major CA cabs...and even though still young, has almost always come out ahead. My only regret, not buying more.
Having recently cracked open a 2007 ACVV reserve cab, we had massive expectations for the 2011. The 2011 exceeded every one of our expectations, and left the 2007 in its dust. This is what every Napa Cab should taste like. It's big, with fruit immediately, then mid-palate, the oak hits you, as do the tannins. Just when you think the tannins are going to overwhelm, they melt away, and you are left with a fantastic bouquet of oaky fumes in the back of your mouth. This is balanced, but not Bordeaux-boring balanced. Instead, its balance comes with perfect integration of everything you want from a big cab. Just when you think the wine is going unbalanced, a new element hits to even the experience out...really, a masterfully crafted wine. It's young, but super drinkable. We did not decant...but did a ton of glass swirling to open it up quickly. I give Todd Anderson credit...he should be charging $200+ for this beauty, but he's clearly not into fleecing folks like the "cults" want to do. By far and away the best Cab I've had to date from wineaccess. This was, for me--a big, oaky cab lover--the perfect wine. Outstanding...if I could give it 6 stars, I would.
93 - getting better with age. Needs 1 hour to open up. Velvet tannins.
Better than expected.
Saturated ruby. Vibrant, forward, and berry-infused, although the concentration is only average. Tannins barely noticeable. 26 months in French oak somehow have not translated into a familiar savory sensation. A definite step down from the unbelievable 2009 Anderson's Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve. 92 points.
Young. Like a gum chewing teenybopper with a helluva body, she'll be far more interesting in a few years when her vocabulary expands beyond 2 syllables. But I wanna be there to slap that bottom when its time! I cant believe I wrote this, but I'm sticking with it as of Jan 2016. OCT 2016: She's wearing less mascara these days, college has been kind. A worthy cab now but not the equal of the 2013.
We were not impressed with this wine right out of the bottle. We then decanted it for about 2 hours which improved it significantly.
Tasted my first bottle. I felt it was too much, too overpowering. The wine is lacking subtleness and refinement. Will let the other bottles sit in the cellar for a while.
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