Spread along 600 vertical feet of a sun-washed western slope of the Mayacamas range, our 100+ acre Amapola Creek ranch borders the highly acclaimed Monte Rosso Vineyards. The red, basaltic volcanic soils we share with our esteemed next-door neighbor have yielded superb wine for well over the last century. The rhyolitic soils from our China Wall Vineyard add a firm tannin structure to the French clone Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted there in 2000. All 20 acres of our mountain estate vineyards are CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) certified organic. Estate vineyard blocks, China Wall, Bobcat Run, Fox Trot Meadow, and Montaña Vista, were the sources for our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. Using grapes from these distinct micro-climates and soil profiles allows us to showcase the diverse terroir of our vineyards.
This vintage will be remembered as a relatively long one due to the mild temperatures
experienced during the growing season. The unusually cool summer weather slowed fruit
growth and delayed the start of harvest by two to three weeks. The grapes lingered close to peak
maturity, but were not quite ready to pick until October 1, 2011, when a burst of heat pushed
the flavor profile up to where we wanted it. The 2011 vintage proved to be exceptional,
yielding complex, balanced, and ripe fruit that resulted in lush, full-bodied wine.
This wine opens up big right away with deep cassis and blackberry on the nose. Stay with the
glass for a moment, and you will also find a note of substantial, juicy Bing cherry. On the palate
this wine is elegant and smooth, with moderate structure and a pleasing, silky mouthfeel. It
differs from our grandest vintages in its depth and breadth, but it has the same lovely complexity
of fruit character that you have come to expect from Richard Arrowood.
2011 was a challenging vintage for wineries all over California, and it was for this reason we
decided to make only a small amount of this wine from the grapes on our Estate that were ripe
before the rains came. The resulting product is exquisite, dark and rich with an excellent finish.
Enjoy now or age for up to fifteen years.