The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is just as impressive as it was when I tasted it six months ago. Tar, smoke, melted road tar and black fruit all come to life in this powerful, brooding wine. For the first time, the Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet includes a dollop of Petit Verdot, which gives the wine a little more backbone and gravitas, both of which were quite useful in 2011. This super-impressive showing is also shaping up to be one of the most promising wines of the year. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
Author: Antonio Galloni
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92
Good bright medium ruby. Aromas of black and red cherry and licorice are lifted by a floral quality; no shortage of ripeness here! Not an opulent style but boasts plenty of stuffing and intensity to the complex flavors of black cherry, minerals, sage and dark chocolate. A firm spine of savory tannins contributes to the impression of energy. Winemaker Francoise Peschon did a more reductive vinification in 2011 owing to the presence of botrytis spores, eschewing her normal cold soak. The crop level was normal here, she noted, as the flowering took place before the early-June rain.