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.
— 2 days ago
This 12 year old Napa Cabernet is drinking so very nicely now.
Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, cola, tobacco, coffee and peppercorn.
Full bodied rich, extracted and delicious.
Medium acidity with a long finish and soft tannins.
Dry on the palate and very fruity.
This Single Vineyard could age for another 10 years, but I really enjoyed it at this stage.
Wine spectator's 97 points.
Very enjoyable and yummy. Good by itself as a sipping wine.
A very small production of only 9 barrels.
14.9% alcohol by volume.
$155 (current vintage). — a month ago
Decanted for 90 mins. Beautiful nose, red fruit still vibrant. Pairing with pork steaks, roasted fingerlings for Mother’s Day. — 7 days ago
Little strawberry, sage, blackberry. Well balanced with medium refined tannins. Let it open — 8 days ago