2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Classic Napa Valley with deep, rich color and concentrated black fruit character. Lush, dark berry and cassis flavors complemented by 12 months of French oak barrel aging and a supple tannin structure.

Vintage

A very wet winter kicked off the growing season in Napa, with rainfall extending through spring all the way into mid-June. This delayed bud break and bloom by several weeks, and further rain disrupted fruit set. The cool summer that followed led to a late harvest and one that required much patience in waiting for the grapes to fully ripen. That optimum point was finally reached several weeks later than normal. Patience paid off, though, and shows in the ripe flavors of the high quality fruit brought in for the 2011 harvest.

Vineyards

To create Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon, Tony Coltrin sourced grapes from throughout Napa’s finest winegrowing regions, including Rutherford, Oakville, Oak Knoll, Wooden Valley, and our own Oso Vineyard at the northeastern end of Napa Valley. By layering fruit from Napa’s volcanic hillside soils and the deeper alluvial soils of the valley floor, Tony accomplished his goal of marrying many different expressions into one outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon that boasts a beautifully rounded mouthfeel and rich, complex flavors.

Winemaking

After the grapes were gently hand-harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, the juice fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with an extended post-fermentation maceration that beautifully married flavors and tannins, giving our Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon its lovely, seamless texture. Malolactic fermentation in barrel, combined with 12 months oak aging (45% new French oak), further concentrated the wine’s vibrant red cherry, candied blackberry, and spice flavors, adding a hint of coffee and a lingering dark chocolate note on the finish.

Reviews

89 Points - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
" The nearly outstanding 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley boasts a dense ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a floral-scented nose backed up by aromas of vanillin, black currants, licorice, underbrush, forest floor and cedar. This complex, good Cabernet Sauvignon represents exceptionally good value. Drink it over the next 2-4 years. "
-Wine Advocate, August 2013

90 Points - 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
"Another winner is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with other Bordeaux varietals, it offers up notes of black currants, vanilla, tobacco leaf, cedar and spice box. Ripe, rich and medium-bodied, with loads of fruit and a heady finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years."
-Wine Advocate, October 2012

91 Points, Editor's Choice - 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
"This release represents a gigantic leap forward for Oberon in their basic Cabernet Sauvignon. Past releases have been so-so. This one’s terrific. Blended from vineyards all over the valley, it shows all the hallmarks of a Napa Cab you want. It's dry, full-bodied and impressively ripe in blackberries, currants, licorice and oak, with a long, smooth finish."
- Wine Enthusiast, February 2012

90 Points - 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
"This is subtle and delicate with delicate fruit, but a little mature already. Full body, with a nice balance of fruit and toasted oak, medium tannins and a clean finish. Very drinkable now."
- James Suckling, June 2011

Food Pairings

Enjoy this lovely Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with steak, lamb and duck dishes, as well as flavorful cheeses.
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Wine Facts

Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 89%, Merlot 4%, Syrah 1%, Petit Verdot 1%, Other red varieties 5%
Appellation: Napa Valley
Barrel Aging: 12 months in oak (45% new French oak)
Wine Stats: Alcohol 13.7%, TA 5.35 g/l, pH 3.77