I was sorely disappointed in the 2011 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and what I thought would be one of the top wines of the vintage from barrel last year now shows a heavy handed, chunky oak profile, with overt wood, scorched earth, licorice and smoked black fruits on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, it still has good mid-palate concentration, as well as good purity to its fruit, but it's currently overwhelmed by new oak, and I'm not convinced the fruit will win this battle. I'm hoping I caught these 2011s on an off day (nevertheless, I still rated them all outstanding, just a fair click below their barrel scores), but give them a year or two in the cellar, at which point it will be much more obvious if they're integrating the oak and will improve, or if they'll need consumed sooner rather than later.
Drink Dates: 2017-2026
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Advocate | Rating: 97
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon could possibly be the wine of the vintage. A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that will see roughly 30 months in French oak, is possesses a rock star bouquet of creme de cassis, black raspberry, graphite, chocolate, toast and underlying floral qualities to go with a full-bodied, concentrated and structured palate. Showing the hallmark textural richness of the estate, as well as gorgeous purity of fruit and masses of sweet tannin, it's a serious effort that will have upwards of two decades of longevity. Drink now-2031.