As always, both red-fruited and black-fruited (unusual for the current popular style of this variety), slightly herbal with mouth-watering acidity, this is a very food friendly expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. Having worked with the variety in the region since the late 1970’s this is what I think of as a classic, traditional expression of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. While 100% varietal from Scherrer Vineyard, this part of the vineyard speaks more of the region than the specific site, so I ‘only’ label it such. It relies about as much on acidity as tannin for its ‘angles/structure’ which is rare for local Cabernet Sauvignon anymore and makes this more food friendly than most. While we release this to restaurants and wine shops sooner than the vineyard designate, this ages really well too and may well be the more versatile of the two.
Judi Scherrer –
Vinous – February 2015
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is a pretty, mid-weight wine to drink now and over the next 7-10 years or so. Grilled herbs, rose petals, mint and sage add nuance to a core of expressive red-toned fruits. The 2011 is delicate, savory and medium in body, but all the elements are in the right place. All things considered, the 2011 is quite attractive, especially in light of how challenging the vintage was. 89 points. Antonio Galloni