Sbragia Family Vineyards
2011 Andolsen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Sonoma County: Dry Creek Valley
The Other Valley
Striking Cabernet Sauvignon power, complexity, and finesse is a combination that costs a pretty penny in the Napa Valley. Legendary winemaker Ed Sbragia makes some of the best non-Napa Cabernet in California with grapes grown on small vineyards in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. The 2011 “Andolsen Vineyard” is remarkable for depth and complexity that we expect out of that other Valley.
Classic Cabernet character abounds with dark fruits, cedar spice, licorice nuances, and warm dusty hillside scents. It drinks quite well in its youth, although a swirl or three around the decanter is beneficial to unlocking the extra layers that lurk inside. Ed Sbragia’s winemaking style, consistent from his many years at Beringer, is full power, but with balance and elegance. The kind of Cab that’s sure to please hardcore fans of the grape, and anyone else who likes red wine at dinner.
It’s tough finding this complexity in Cab at this low price.
Dark ruby hue penetrates all the way through an opaque heart of the wine.
Classic Cabernet aromas of cedar, cigar box, and plump berry fruits. With aeration, the wine opens up and gets more expressive, showing black fruits, loam, and licorice.
Approachable for a young Cabernet. Licorice-inflected plum and berry flavor with herbs and spices adding complexity to the fruit.
Deep and spicy with soft tannins. Lingering smoke and woodsy nuances.
It’s hard not to want this wine with a grilled steak, lamb chops with rosemary, etc. Not bad with a 70% cacao chocolate bar either!
What the Winery Says
- November 2, 2011
- 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
- 6.61 g/L