2011 St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley: St. Helena
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Welcome to another Super Spy Sunday. Each Sunday we strive to bring you a fully vetted, carefully curated wine - at a really fantastic price.
Today’s SSS wine is the incredibly delicious James Blake 2011 St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon. For today only you’ll enjoy 52% off on this impressive wine from our friends at James Blake Wines.
Serious and full on the nose, with blackberry juice, Santa Rosa plum, tobacco, black cherry, leather, tobacco, spice box, dark chocolate, dried violets and subtle black pepper.
After an explosion of raspberry and young cherry, a wave of spice sends flavors of blackberry, black cherry, baker’s chocolate, dried red rose petals, cigar box, and black pepper all around the palate.
This hand-crafted, small batch, artisan wine from the skilled hands of James Scheller and Blake Griffin is a real treat of a wine - at a real bargain price!
Very highly recommended.
What the wine press has to say:
Hoby Wedler - Wine Critic“The 2011 James-Blake Cabernet Sauvignon leaps from the glass with sensational spice and fruit character. It’s still a youngster but we love it now and are excited to observe it mature and age over the next few decades.
The bouquet of the wine opens with green tea, pipe tobacco, cloves, anise, and all-spice. Huge fruit aromas of green apple, raspberry, blackberry, Bing cherry, and peach dominate. Dark dried fruit, fresh stone fruit, and dried apricot linger subtly behind the afore-mentioned fruit components.
As with all Napa Valley reds, this wine is incredibly well extracted and packs a flavor profile sure to win anyone over. Dark ripe black fig is distinctly present by flavor and acid near the front of the palate. The mid-palate is defined by ripe plum, fresh-baked Bing cherries, and star anise.
The wine finishes with brilliant lilac, cedar, and pomegranate. This wine is incredible now but it will continue to grow and we cannot wait to find out what beauty it continues to become. Drink now through 2025.”
Dark maroon at the heart fo the wine, fine ruby at the edges, with tall legs that move very slowly down the glass wall after a lively swirl.
Blackberry juice, Santa Rosa plum, tobacco, black cherry, leather, tobacco, spice box, dark chocolate, dried violets, and subtle black pepper.
Raspberry, young cherry, spice, blackberry, black cherry, baker’s chocolate, dried red rose petals, cigar box, and black pepper.
Warm, juicy, and dynamic, with medium tannin. After the fruits fade, spice and woodsy earth hang about for a long time.
Enjoy this flavorful wine with grilled pork chops with a spice and coffee rub. Serve with a side of cast iron baked brussel sprout halves with mushrooms, onions, and balsamic vinegar.
What the Winery Says
- James Scheller and Blake Griffin
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- 80% Cabernet Sauvignon – St Helena
~ 17% Merlot - Oakville
~ 3% Petite Verdot – Oakville
- Napa Valley, St. Helena
- 20 months
- French Oak