2011 Napa Cab: Buyer’s Guide

2011 Napa Valley Cabernet: The Buyer’s Guide

The 2011 Napa Valley Cab is one of our most approachable reds. Featuring a strong and complex Bordeaux profile and at only $50 a bottle, this cab is a smart choice for restaurants and resorts looking for a mid- priced option to sell by the glass.

The 2011 Napa Cab has a one of a kind flavor profile. We call it the racehorse cab- straight out of the bottle it is zippy, sharp, and bold. Give it an hour of decanting, however, and this wine softens and unfurls into a softer, richer tasting experience. The double-natured characteristic of this cab allows your resident sommelier to recommend it to multiple audiences, making it a very good investment with high turnover potential.

As of this writing, the 2011 Napa Cab is still in its youth. It opens with a bright, tart red cherry racing across the top of the palate. This is followed closely by velveteen dark chocolate laced with orange zest crackling on the back of the tongue. The finish is spicy and unexpected: chili pepper, bell pepper, and clove.

It is our opinion that the bell pepper characteristic of this cab will make it highly desirable in the years to come. Bell pepper in a Cabernet is nontraditional and only attainable in cold weather years. As it ages it fades into supple vellum and dusty earth with a warm fireside heat on the finish. Once this change has occurred, of course, it will be too late to purchase this wine from the source. We recommend investing in the year 2011 now and putting aside a few cases for the decade to come.

We are more than happy to provide the guidance of our tasting room associates and in-house sommeliers in generating the perfect tasting notes for your resort or restaurant’s clientele.


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