Clark-Claudon Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa Valley 2011  - Last Bottle

Clark-Claudon Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa Valley 2011

SUBJECT: Library Raid! Howell Mountain Cabernet!

…And the hits just keep coming!!! We’re hopping into the Last Bottle Way Back Machine (patent pending) and taking you back to Napa Valley, 2011. A cool, wet and challenging year that severely affected yields and fruit integrity along the valley floor where the Bay Area’s famous fog seemed to never dissipate – blanketing the valley floor in a grey, dull haze for weeks at a time… But we’re talking HOWELL MOUNTAIN, here, folks! 2,000 feet up, way above the fog, this is where I’d head to seek the sunshine! It was warmer up there (which is rare) and brighter, and windier – allowing vineyards to escape much of the challenges the rest of the valley faced. But the ABILITY TO AGE!!! That is the true hallmark of the best 2011s from Napa. Year after year, these wines just get better and better – even surpassing the “perfect” season of 2012 in the minds of many collectors. Probably the most old-school, Bordeaux-esque of any Napa vintage in the past few decades…there are some truly monumental finds to be had for the savvy shopper…JUST. LIKE. THIS!!!

WINE #4 — 

Howell Mountain cabernet from the Clark-Claudon estate at the northern pinnacle of Howell, is a bit of a local’s secret. The Clark Family is best known as vineyard managers – Howell Mountain specialists and a favorite partner of Thomas Rivers Brown. This is the estate flagship, perfectly aged and ready to blow your mind! Rockstar winemaker Jean Hoefliger (Alpha Omega, The Debate) is at the helm, making full-throttle wines in his signature style. Sumptuous dark cherries, followed by an explosion of baked plums, decadent chocolate and toasty, heady spices. The complexities continue into tobacco, bay leaf, creme de cassis, and blackberry jam that lead into a harmoniously balanced, yet powerfully rich finish. This is SEXY, powerful and sleek cabernet at the very peak of its prowess. Nearly 50% below the winery price just to sweeten this already superb deal! Do ya’ thang!!!

2011 Eternity in one word is sumptuous! Its dark ruby depth and red cherry rim prepares you for an exceptional wine experience. Then an explosion of plum, chocolate and spice is followed by rich dark fruit aromas enhanced by layers of crème de cassis, marinated cherries, blackberry jam and hints of cedar and tobacco. Velvety smooth and beautifully balanced, your rich pleasure continues with jammy fruit flavors of boysenberry, black berry, cherry and blue berry, accented by a touch of cigar box and dark chocolate… lingering, lingering through a beautifully long finish.

Technical Details

Country: United States
Region: California
Appellation: Napa Valley
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Jean Hoefliger
Alcohol: 14.90%
Production: 300

About The Producer

To this day Clark-Claudon represents family, a dance with mother nature, the delicate art of great winemaking and a commitment to the preservation of the environment that supports both. After decades of Napa Valley experiences Tom and Laurie have many stories to share as the second and now third generation grow up enjoying this very special place.

Pairing Suggestions

Beef, Lamb, Game (Venison & Deer), Poultry 

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