The nose is fresh and lifted, full of violets and blackcurrants mixing with leafy aromatics and violets. The oak supplies a touch of cedar adding complexity with the typical soulful earthiness of d'Arenberg reds. The palate is textured and lithe, coated by lacy tannins with a core of cassis, licorice and plum fruit mixed with earth, graphite and a mineral tail. It's well weighted, fresh and balanced, inviting now or will reward the patient. Like all d'Arenberg wines, decanting will help this wine show its best, it will age gracefully for up to ten years if cellared carefully.
The Wine AdvocateDeep garnet-purple in color, the 2011 High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon gives notes of creme de cassis, cedar, toast and dark chocolate with a whiff of eucalyptus. Medium to full-bodied, the ample fruit is well-structured by medium to firm grainy tannins and vibrant acid. It finishes long and just a little herbal.