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2011 Virage Bordeaux Blend
2011 Virage Bordeaux Blend

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Bottle Price $64.00

Quantity in Stock:1200


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Concentrated fruit, depth and lovely weight all in 13.6% alcohol! Aromatic, rich cassis layered with signature Virage minerality, like wet crushed stone.

The 2011 growing season was especially cool for Napa Valley. But hey, it's always cooler in Carneros. Ripening in these elevated slopes is more a Maritime idea (cooler days, but also warmer nights) vs the well-known, dramatic diurnal temperature variation upvalley, where grapes go the distance ripening by day and shutting down at night. Yet too-hot days can shut down development, causing that unhappy outcome of high sugar yet green tannins that we associate with Cabernet Franc from a hot place. Those characteristics gave CabFranc in the US that "lean little sister" or "lean and green" rap for too long. Cabernet Franc is the original Cabernet, the ancient mother, not the skinny sister, and is a phenomenally rich, complex wine when fully ripened. Upvalley, growers of Cabernet Sauvignon need the warm days, after those always-cool nights, and Cabernet Sauvignon, being that hardy cross of CabFranc and Sauvignon Blanc, can take the heat!

Critics panning the 2011 vintage for lack of heat in Rutherford minimize the real story of Napa Valley, which is a story of DIVERSITY in terroir. In 2011, in the temperate Carneros foothills, we had the sun and warmth for an absolutely great wine.

Nonetheless, the success of this vintage was hard won. Unforgiving rains at harvest created lots of extra fun sorting out botrytis-ravaged grapes both in the field and at the winery. Botrytis in Napa? It really felt like Bordeaux... But all the work was worthwhile; gratefully, even our highest-elevation blocks achieved optimal ripeness of aromatics, flavors and tannins. Being a small producer helps in a trying vintage; friends came out and literally shook every vine ahead of the picking crew to drop out rotted berries--and then we sorted out some more at the winery tables, both whole clusters and individual berries. It was a costly vintage to produce.

Way too easy to drink right out of the bottle with no decant needed, but this blend gains complexity and depth with exposure as do all Virage wines, built for ageability.

JAN2022: Minerality and succulent pomegranate will be swirling out of the glass in a few minutes. Continues to gain weight and depth... Really solid balance, lovely succulence of sour cherry in the lengthy finish.

481 cases produced. 92 by WINE & SPIRITS Magazine!! Beautiful review by Wine Enthusiast - see our *PRESS* page. SF Chronicle Silver Medal. And a Wine & Spirits YEARS' BEST! We just think Joshua Greene has great taste.