2011 The Nth Degree Cabernet Sauvigon
Our 2011 vintage offers mouth-filling flavors and bold tannins characteristic of great California Cabernets. It delights with flavors of ripe black cherry, cassis, black tea, coffee and cocoa, and has a rich, well-balanced finish.
Prime Wente estate vineyards from Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco, Monterey are selected for The Nth Degreeprogram because of their consistent production of exceptional fruit. These elite vineyards receive the utmost care and attention. They are “ultra-farmed”; every vine receives at least fifteen passes by hand, whereby leaves, shoots and clusters are removed to ensure the grape clusters remaining at the time of harvest are of the highest quality. The water is managed so that the vines are perfectly balanced with the correct amount of growth to fully ripen the berries for the optimal level of flavor. The grapes are then hand harvested in the early morning into half ton bins and hand sorted and crushed into small stainless steel fermenters.
70% of the wine was fermented in 1.5 ton bins and punched down by hand twice daily. The other 30% was fermented in small upright stainless steel tanks pumped over twice daily.
The wine was aged for 22 months in French, American, Eastern European, and neutral oak barrels.
- 87 points, Wine Enthusiast, August 2014