2011 Oakville Rancher Red
California: Napa Valley: Oakville
Thank you, Nils Venge, for giving us a taste of your wine - at a price doesn’t break the bank.
Today’s budget-minded Saddleback Cellars 2011 Oakville Rancher Red is our 2016 Wine Spies Intrigue Award winner for Agent Crush’s Top Selection and a bold, food-friendly wine that will thrill and impress you - without breaking the bank.
Stock up, you’ll want plenty on hand.
Nils Venge, who is America’s first 100 point winemaker, is widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of the contemporary American wine trade. During his career, Nils has held winemaking posts at Charles Krug Winery, Sterling Vineyards, Villa Mount Eden, Inception and Groth, for whom he earned that perfect 100 point Score - back in 1985.
Bold aromas leap from the glass, making its way to your nose before you ever lift the glass to inhale aromas of black cherry, smoky cranberry, blueberry, tobacco, dried earth, toasty oak, chocolate covered cherry, grilled plum and mixed brown spice.
Flavors are bold and powerful, with black cherry juice, blackberry preserve, dried tobacco leaf, smoky cherry, grilled fig, tobacco leaf, bold oak, brown spice and slate minerals.
Today’s wine is very highly recommended. And limited… so we hope that you’ll reserve yours soon!
Dark garnet at its heart, with pretty purple edges. Tall, tightly-packed, wine-stained tears move swiftly down the glass wall after a hearty swirl.
Black cherry, smoky cranberry, blueberry, tobacco, dried earth, toasty oak, chocolate covered cherry, grilled plum and mixed brown spice.
Black cherry juice, blackberry preserve, dried tobacco leaf, smoky cherry, grilled fig, tobacco leaf, bold oak, brown spice and slate minerals.
Bold and powerful flavors are sustained by big tannins that lock flavors onto the palate. Dark fruit, spice and oak stick around for a very long time, particularly at the back of the palate.
A cowboy steak is a natural for this beauty. For a really elegant meal, enjoy this wine with a perfect Prim Rib au Jus. Add a dash of horseradish to complete the experience. Or, how about a grilled burger, with bacon, mushrooms and swiss cheese?!
What the Winery Says
- Nils Venge
- Red Blend
- Proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Petit Sirah
- Napa Valley, Oakville
- 0.61 g/100ml
- Harvest date
- November 9, 2011
- 28 months
- 50% French and American oak
- Bottling date
- March 19, 2014
- Release date
- April 1, 2014
- 511 cases