Vintage 2011 started cool and continued ripening gradually to an extended harvest with dry conditions that allowed development of full fruit maturity. Small per acre yields gave the grapes great fruit concentrations and thick skins resulting in substantial tannins and gorgeous color. The aroma is of delicate red raspberry with notes of green tea and maple highlights, followed by a dense plum pudding, savory palate with points of red raspberry.
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 38 % Merlot 33%, Petit Verdot 15%, Cabernet Franc 14%
"This Bordeaux-style, single-vineyard blend outshines others from the same iconic Red Mountain site that cost significantly more. Packed with concentrated cherry and cassis, it’s layered with well-integrated earth, rock, leaf and stem flavors, and finished with a hint of toast from 21 months in 40% new French oak. "
"Sleek and vivid, with boysenberry and floral aromas and flavors on
a juicy, lively frame. Has elegance without losing depth and intensity
of flavor, finishing harmoniously. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
"The 2011 Vintage Red Wine Ceil du Cheval Vineyard is a smoking blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot, 14% Cabernet Franc that spent 21 months in 40% new French oak. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, focused and with fabulous purity of fruit, it offers up loads of black raspberry, creme de cassis, crushed flowers, toast and graphite. Showing solid tannic structure under its fruit, it will benefit from short-term cellaring and have 10 to 12 years of overall longevity."
The Wine Advocate