Cimarossa, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rive di Cimarossa. Vintage 2011. ABV 14.20%.
This wine is deep ruby with garnet secondary hues. On the nose this wine has medium(+) intensity of developing aromas. Aromas include blackberry preserves, black cherry, dried prune, fig, also black pepper, molasses, cedar, tobacco, mocha, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, earth, and wet moss. On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium acidity, a full body, high alcohol, firm (high) tannins, and medium(+) intensity of flavors consistent with the nose but with delicate vegetal notes. The baking spice is also very prominent. The finish is long.
The 2011 vintage in Napa Valley was on the wetter and cooler side, which offered an extended growing season allowing the grapes to ripen and develop slowly. This wine comes from a vineyard located in Howell Mountain, on the Northeastern side of the Vaca Mountains, which afforded it additional exposure to winds that kept the vines dry and sunshine which aided in the ripening process.
Fun fact! Howell Mountain legally became its own appellation in 1983, the year of my birth, making this Howell Mountain Cab a fine choice for a Birthday weekend (there’s always a connection).
In addition to owning this spectacular winery, owners Corry Dekker and Dino Dina both come from an impressive background in medicine and biotechnology and have left, and continue to leave, an indelible impact on the vaccine industry. Cheers to that!! And cheers to Mia Kline for her excellence in winemaking and fruit expression.
This label features an image of the yellow monkeyflower, a wild flower that grows along the edges of the vineyard from which this wine comes.
— 4 days ago
Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.
Pretty nose of lemons, citrus, yellow apples, diesel, light tangerines, light river rocks, spices and minerals.
Medium plus in body with high acidity.
Dry on the palate with citrus, spices, lemons, apples, light earth, minerals, light sea salt and white pepper.
Tangy finish with limes and grapefruit.
This is a delicious Riesling from Spring Mountain District in Napa Valley. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.
Still young and would benefit from a few years in the bottle. Already drinking nicely with nice balance.
Good by itself or with food, and better after 45 minutes of airtime.
Not as complex as the 2016 vintage, but time will tell as this evolves in the bottle. Still very yummy.
A great sipping wine and a good pool wine too. Fresh with a dry finish.
I paired it with Cedar Planked Salmon on the BBQ.
12.9% alcohol by volume.
$34. — 19 hours ago
Le nez est enivrant, il embaume la pièce de fruit noir et de vanille. On le carafe car je me doute qu’il doit être costaud.
En bouche c’est pareil, les fruits noirs, ( cassis, bleuets, mures), vanille, le bois est encore présent et ne s’estompe pas avec le passage en carafe, le vin est tout d’un bloc, texture soyeuse, l’acidité structure bien le tout. Ca se boit très bien mais il manque vraiment de complexité malheureusement, il n’a pas l’effet wow que je recherchais. — 2 days ago
Nose has ripe blackberry, blackberry jam, fruit Roll-up, dried meats, iodine (?), wet leaves, toasted pistachio, fresh violet, wet leather and dark chocolate chunks.
Palate has raspberry jam, dried blackberry, black currant jam, wet leather, dehydrated black cherry, moist cigar and mild tannins persist.
A great showing on this bottle tonight, proof positive on the pedigree of the vineyard. This should age gracefully for the next 8-10Y without concern.
Paired to mesquite smoked pork chops from a 1/2 pig purchase from our dear farmer friend Courtney at Highland Farm (Old Chatham, NY). Please support your local resources. — 3 days ago