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2011 Ilsley Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District

2011 Ilsley Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District

2011 Ilsley Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District
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Tasting And Vintage Notes

The 2011 Ilsley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon shows intense black cherry, dark chocolate, sage and
thyme with a touch of white pepper and cedar. The mouth-feel is smooth and warm with surprising
concentration and length for a cool vintage. The chocolate and ripe cherry as well as mixed spices
and cedar carry from the nose to the palate to make a yummy package now that will age well into the
next decade. We lucked out with this wine in a year that most would call ‘too cool to ripen Cabernet
Sauvignon’. Due to the low yields and attention to detail in the Ilsley Vineyard we were able to ripen
this noble variety in a very cool year the way any fruit ripens more quickly when there is a lighter load on the tree or vine and when all the fruit is more or less at the same stage of development as the
harvest approaches. This requires a good farmer’s foresight to remove any fruit that is not ‘in sync’
with the rest of the crop even if there isn’t much there to begin with. This painful but necessary
process shows in this 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon with its bright red fruit and soft supple feel. In
addition to the hand work in the vineyard, we harvested our Cabernet Sauvignon fruit a full 3 weeks
later than average! Luckily the weather held out as dry for us into the first part of November.

Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Stag's Leap District
Vineyard Designation
Ilsley Estate Wines
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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