2011 Haystack Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon
Haystack Vineyard is nestled way up in Atlas Peak, Napa Valley’s highest appellation, perched 1,500 feet above sea level in the Vaca Mountains. This craggy, extremely rocky site stresses the vines, resulting in small, intensely concentrated berries.
The 2011 growing season began with a wet cool spring. Rainfall lasted into the middle of June affecting bloom and diminishing yields in many vineyards. The cool weather trend continued all summer delaying ripening throughout Napa Valley. Since we are estate, we diligently monitor all our vineyards, adjusting our viticultural practices frequently. It was necessary to significantly open up the vine canopies to ensure adequate sun exposure, air circulation and ripening. Overall flavors in the grapes were achieved at lower sugar levels making lower alcohol wines that exhibit finesse and balance.
“Our Haystack Cabernet is true to its mountain origins, with intense purple color and aromas of cassis, tar and black fruits. Brooding dark purple fruit flavors with hints of Mexican chocolate and grilled game lead into a mouth-coating and viscous wine teaming with tenacious tannins and lingering through a long finish. ” -Mario Monticelli