2011 ANDOLSEN VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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I buy these grapes
from Dr. Andolsen, our long-time friend (over 20 years) and family doctor. We select the fruit from my favorite blocks
on this vineyard on the west side of Dry Creek in the rolling hills of the
Coastal Range in Sonoma County, California.
It’s a great piece of land and the wine it makes offers an elegant, yet
ripe, rich cherry characteristic that I always associate with this appellation.
winter and spring continued with rainfall into mid-June. This delayed bloom and disrupted fruit set
resulting in shatter in parts of the region.
This set the stage for a long, cooler-than-average growing season with a
later-than-average harvest. The cloud
cover and cool temperatures delayed vine development by several weeks at the
onset of the growing season. Few high
heat events occurred at any point this year, growers managed more open vine
canopies to ensure sunlight, warmth and good air circulation around the grape
clusters. After a consistently cool summer season, significant mid-October rain
pushed the vintage even later. But growers were rewarded with weeks of
fantastic weather, a prolonged Indian summer that provided needed ripening
looks very good with lower alcohols, good structure and length on the palate.
believe in taking a minimalist approach to this wine during winemaking in order
to preserve the rustic qualities that I love about this Dry Creek Cabernet that
is always evident when it comes into the winery at Harvest. The 2011 Andolsen
Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barrels imparting cedar
and brown spice aromas and flavors and supple tannins. The wine underwent
malolactic fermentation which softened the tannins and contributed to a rich,
lengthy finish. Adam and I blended in a small amount of Cabernet Franc adding
structure and subtle complimentary herbal characteristics.
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Creek Cabernets have a distinctive profile that I have always loved and this
Cabernet showcases the best of those characteristics. Sweet red fruit and anise
aromas are followed by bright acidity, plush flavors of black fruit and sweet
spice. The tannins are complemented by a supple mouth feel and an elegant
Harvest Date: 11/2/2011
Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 % Cabernet
RS: 0.1 gm/L
Cases Produced: 1575