2011 Foley Johnson Handmade Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford
93 Points - Robert Parker
Wow look at that color! Our 2011 Handmade Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is striking from the start with bright red and black cherry aromas followed by traces of licorice and black pepper. The palate is beautifully balanced with bright acidity followed by well integrated tannins. Smooth and expressive, this wine makes for a great glass now, but will also show nicely for years to come.
97.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.4% Merlot
21 Months in 35% new French oak
100% Malolactic, unfined and unfiltered
July 16, 2013
The 2011 growing season was challenging. It started and ended with cool weather. In between, the fruit set late, the yields were much lower than normal and harvest stretched well into November for much of Napa Valley. Despite these setbacks, this turned out to be a good year for Cabernet Sauvignon and other later-ripening varieties, especially where growers were diligent with their farming practices. Having not jumped the gun on preventative measures, we were able to harvest our vineyards with little to no problems, averaging 4.5 tons per acre. Overall the fruit is concentrated and lush, offering some amazing flavors and a unique vintage. The Foley Johnson Handmade Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is made 100% from grapes sourced from our Peral Estate Vineyard, which is comprised of thicker and heavier adobe soils with small amounts of gravely soil to help drain. The ideal growing conditions in the vineyard allow our Bordeaux varietals to reach full maturity on the vine without taking on the green, leafy taste of under-ripen fruit. The grapes were all harvested on October 10th under clear skies. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation and is unfined and unfiltered. After 21 months in 35% new French oak, the wine was bottled on July 16th 2013.
102 cases produced