Clif Family Winery
2011 Climber Limited Release
Red Blend •Howell Mountain Cold Springs Estate Vineyard
California: Napa Valley: St. Helena
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.
Deep ruby with a darker, slightly opaque core.
Sweet red raspberry, cherry, dried cranberry and chocolate cherry cordial, dusty blackberry bramble, fennel frond, sweet spice and pencil shavings.
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.
Exceedingly long, with dark fruit that gradually yields to more earthy and savory flavors.
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
- Laura Barrett
- Napa Valley, St. Helena
- 58% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 18 months
- 75% new and 25% second filled French oak
- Harvest Date
- November 2011 (Cabernet), October 2011 (Merlot)
- Release Date
- October 2014
- 450 cases