2011 Mount Veeder Cabernet Franc Mount Veeder Napa Valley
Appearance: Deep garnet
Aromas: Sweet blackberry, licorice, and dried cherries, waft out of the glass with hints of violets, and tobacco following. Touches of sage, marjoram, and peppercorn add additional layers of complexity to this wine.
Flavors: Soft, round forest berry fruit expression with dark cocoa, truffle, framboise and notes of rosemary and bay. Beautiful rich, silky texture with an elegant mouthfeel and smooth, velvety finish of cassis, cherry and bay.
This Growing Season: 2011 was another cool growing season. December was very wet, with January very dry and warm. La Niña brought more late-winter rains and spring showers through the end of June. The rainfall total for 2011 concluded at 125% of normal. Two weeks of summer heat at the end of September led to the harvest of Malbec, the first grapes picked from Mount Veeder on October 3rd. With an impending rain event, our vineyard crew worked to open up the canopy with leaf removal for air flow and sun exposure in early October. For the last three weeks of October, the skies cleared and the sun came out for a fantastic long stretch of dry weather. The rain and cool weather of early October paused ripening, and the Indian summer got maturation rolling again. Cabernet Franc on the mountain tends to ripen later than the other Bordeaux varietals. The first block of Cabernet Franc on Mount Veeder was harvested on October 29th, with the last blocks arriving on nearly our last day of crushing on November 1st.