St. Helena Winery Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
OK ok ok, we had to wait for a quiet Sunday to do this one, as there is but a handful to go around, so hopefully a bunch of you are mowing the lawn or cleaning gutters or playing tennis or something, because we will sell out in a flash! Look at that price!!!
Here’s the ticket: Master winemaker AARON POTT makes this lush, plush, velvety, silky Estate Cabernet from the tiny-production St. Helena Winery. You know Aaron from his own label (got Pott?), but he also makes the much-loved and highly rated wines for Blackbird, Seven Stones, Sominum (Danica Patrick’s new winery) and many more. Robert Parker said of him: “Kudos to Aaron Pott who appears to have put himself in the top hierarchy of Napa Valley’s most illustrious winemaking consultants.”
Now, add the meticulously farmed Estate in St. Helena at the winery to Aaron and you have a succulent, gorgeous, insanely drinkable Cabernet that is ready to pop and pour, baby, as soon as it hits the front porch!! Blueberries, truffles, mocha and pie crust all abound and as noted, LUSH low acid and mouthcoating. Truly a hidden gem - the only way we know about it is because a couple of us live in St. Helena! We think the packaging is pretty impressive, too. Anyway, as noted, VERY LITTLE to go around today, if sexy Cab is what pushes your buttons, don’t skip a beat getting to the website…
Technical DetailsCountry: United States
Appellation: St. Helena
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Aaron Pott
Aging/Cooperage: New French oak, Bossuet and Darnajou barrels
About The Producer
The estate is home to 13 acres of vineyards that yield a small crop of concentrated and intensely flavored fruit. We grow mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with small parcels dedicated to other Bordeaux varieties, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
Our Napa Valley estate contains three variations of Bale Loam soil derived from alluvial fans from the surrounding mountain ranges and the Napa River that borders the estate.
We have several different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon planted here: See, 337, 191, 29, 4 and 6. The diversity of soil and clones provides our winemaking team of Aaron Pott and Lindsey Wallingford with a variety of fruit to create three estate Cabernets with distinct aromas, flavors, and textures that reflect our terroir. See clone bud wood from Napa Valley's famed Backus Vineyard is planted on the gravel beds left by the Napa River centuries ago, and yields small, intense berries with strong tannin structure. Clones 337 and 191 are planted nearby to create opulence in the mid-palate of our wines.
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