Clif Family Winery

2011 Climber Limited Release

Red Blend •Howell Mountain Cold Springs Estate Vineyard

California: Napa Valley: St. Helena

Offer Expired:Aug 14, 2015 at 11:59 pm
$38.00
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Mission Briefing

Codename:

New Heights

Today’s *Climber is the winery’s delicious flagship Bordeaux style blend. They make a new one each year, each with its own unique varietal blend, from select vineyards in the Napa Valley. Today’s 2011 blend is 58% Merlot from Atlas Peak and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon from the winery’s Howell Mountain Cold Springs Estate Vineyard. This wine is richly layered, balanced and delicious.

On the nose, sweet red raspberry, cherry, dried cranberry and chocolate cherry cordial are followed by hints of dusty blackberry bramble, fennel frond, sweet spice and pencil shavings. This wine is delicious, dark and bold on the palate, with black fruit reduction of plum, blackberry and black cherry with follow on flavors of cassis, cigar box, toasty oak and a hint of savory dried meat.

The Climber has really grown up over the years and today’s 2011 vintage is the finest and most mature that we have tasted.

We purchased every available case of this great wine, but we expect it to sell out… Don’t miss out on this really delicious, balanced wine.

Tasting Profile

Look:

Deep ruby with a darker, slightly opaque core.

Smell:

Sweet red raspberry, cherry, dried cranberry and chocolate cherry cordial, dusty blackberry bramble, fennel frond, sweet spice and pencil shavings.

Taste:

Black fruit reduction of plum, blackberry and black cherry with follow-on flavors of cassis, cigar box, toasty oak and a hint of savory dried meat.

Finish:

Exceedingly long, with dark fruit that gradually yields to more earthy and savory flavors.

Pairing:

This flexible wine would be great with most meat dishes. We’ll enjoy ours with a hearty beef stew or a grilled pork loin.

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
Laura Barrett
Appellation
Napa Valley, St. Helena
Composition
58% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging
18 months
Barrels
75% new and 25% second filled French oak
Abv
14.5%
Harvest Date
November 2011 (Cabernet), October 2011 (Merlot)
Release Date
October 2014
Production
450 cases

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Aug 14, 2015 at 11:59 pm
$38.00
Avg. Price
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