Mirror Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Napa Valley, California) - [RP 88-90]

Mirror Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
(Napa Valley, California) - [RP 88-90]


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Notes from the WInemaker:
As the winemaker for Mirror, Rob Lawson seeks to “capture the true flavors and regional character of the varietal by pairing New World technology with traditional techniques “to create wines that are both fruit forward and robust in flavor and texture.”

Winemaking:
The grapes were destemmed and hand sorted. Then whole berry processed to manage tannin extraction. 14 days of fermentation with multiple gentle punch downs extract color and flavor compounds from the skins. Barrel aged 20 months in French Oak, half new oak and half neutral oak. Sur lies for two months during initial aging.

Tasting Notes:
The aromas of this Cabernet Sauvignon are an ever evolving blend of dry rose petals, ripe blackberries, pipe tobacco, dark chocolate and baking spices. The palate offers layers of complexity a soft, ripe entry of dark cherry with hints of leather followed by a concentrated core of ripe plum, highlights of vanilla, cinnamon and cedar. The balanced acidity delivers a seamless harmony of fruit and rich tannins that integrate into a clean and long lasting elegant finish.

Vineyards: Oakville and St. Helena

Technical Data:
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.71
Total acidity: 0.611 g/100 ml

Harvest Data:
Date: October 23, 2011
Release Date: September 2014
Brix: 24.4
Total Production: 561 cases
pH: 3.60
Total acidity:0.509/100ml

Ratings & Reviews

88-90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with sweet scents of blackberries, currants, toasty oak, crushed rock, graphite and spring flowers. It is a full-bodied, impressively endowed 2011 that will be bottled very soon. It should drink well for 10-15 years.

These wines are made by Rob Lawson, a well-known consultant and member of the Napa Valley Cooperative’s staff. The top successes in 2011 often came from vineyards on Howell Mountain that were well above the botrytis-inducing fog that afflicted the valley floor following the heavy rains in early October. Consequently, many of the Howell Mountain 2011s taste as if they came from a completely different vintage than many on the valley floor." - Robert Parker (Oct 2013)