2011 Barrett & Barrett Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 Bottle
11/29/14 by Heidi Barrett
This is one of the stars of the 2011 vintage, fully ripe and dense from our early ripening vineyards in Calistoga. Aromas of blackberry pie, currants, roasted coffee, dried black cherries and cocoa powder. The enticing layered aromas lead to a mouth coating lush silky palate. So easy to love. Sourced from our two vineyard sites; the new block developed specifically for this wine and the original Barrett vineyard at the foot of Mt St Helena. The combination of balance, finesse and length is just delicious.
Tasted 11/29/14 by Bo Barrett
The first thing I like about this wine is its dark, almost black, garnet color to the edge of the glass. Not red, not purple blue, but BLACK! The black fruits are primary on the nose and show as black cherry, black berry, and fruit leather. It is rich and ripe with briar, tobacco and cocoa notes. The second thing I like is its expansive nature on the palate. It immediately opens with a “boom!”, giving ripe, warm fruit and following through with lush, full flavors. The 2011 B&B is atypical for a Napa Valley 2011 Cab because these extraordinarily early ripening vineyards got fully mature. The cold growing season, especially the cold nights, keep this wine true to type with balance and distinct vineyard-driven character. This is a wine that truly shows the impact of decades of experience, the ability to adapt to each seasons’ growing conditions, in a specific vineyard, with a single purpose; to make wines like this.
from Antonio Galloni:
93+ points - "Firm tannins support a core of dark red and black fruit, smoke, tobacco, licorice and iron in a dark, powerful Cabernet that is likely to require a number of years to come around. Sage, rosemary and intense layers of minerality flow through to the finish. This is a strong showing for the year."
Revisiting the wine a year later, he said: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous. Soft, supple and expressive, the 2011 will drink well early, but also has enough depth and density to drink well for another decade or so. There are no hard edges or awkward contours. Instead, the purity of fruit is striking. Violets, lavender and gently spice notes add nuance on the finish."