W3 - William White Wines
2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley
Today’s W3 - William White Wines 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is yet another stunner from Operative-favorite winemaker William White.
The 2011 vintage was beset by myriad problems. The spring was cool and wet, which delayed the growing season and gave grape growth a late start. Summertime temperatures seldom reached above 90 degrees, which delayed ripening. Concern over late ripening caused vineyard managers to cut back the leafy canopy of the grape vines, in order to hasten ripening by exposing the grapes to more sunshine. Then, something dreadful happened: a heat spike arrived, causing damage to some grapes. Grape yields in 2011 ended up being quite small.
Those small yields were in very high demand, and skilled winemaker William White took them and worked with nature to produce today’s wonderful wine. Today’s W3 - William White Wines 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a delicious, complex and youthful Cab that shows great aging potential. By all means, enjoy a few bottles now, but be sure to lay the rest down for the next decade or longer - if you have the patience!
Dark, brooding plum-red.
Exactly what you want from a top-flight Cabernet: loaded with dark fruit, earth, and spice. Dark cherry, blackberry, fresh cedar wood shavings, and brown baking spices initially pour out of the glass. As the wine opens, hints of sweet tobacco leaf, cocoa powder, dried black cherry, and pomegranate herbal tea appear as well.
A very complex and brooding flavor profile, with classic Napa Cab notes of braised dark cherry and sweet plum delicately laid overtop sweet tobacco leaf, cedar wood cigar box, freshly tilled earth, toasty vanilla, stewed blackberry, rosemary, sage, and dark roasted espresso bean.
Best decanted, this wine has a rich and lengthy finish, jam-packed with dark flavors that slowly reveal themselves.
Herb encrusted ribeye, pan seared and finished with homemade herbal butter drizzled overtop. Yum!
What the Winery Says
- William White
- Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
- 26 Months in 100% French Oak Barrels (50% new)
- Case Production
- 250 Cases
- Varietal Blend
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon