Moone Tsai "Cor Leonis" Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 [1500 mL MAGNUM] (Napa Valley, California) - [AG 92-94]

Moone Tsai "Cor Leonis" Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 [1500 mL MAGNUM]
(Napa Valley, California) - [AG 92-94]

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Notes from the Winemaker:

This remarkable cabernet in its especially limited production quantities, receives our Cor Leonis designation, to mark its position as the very "best of our best" wines that we produce.

Transfixed by the brightest star in the constellation Leo, the Romans dubbed it Cor Leonis, the "Heart of the Lion."

Bearing an extraordinary combination of fruit from a trifecta of Napa Valley's most celebrated vineyard blocks, our 2011 Cor Leonis Cabernet is the hallmark of our winemaking philosophy. The wine’s expressive nose entices with aromas of blackberry and spice. In the mouth, these give way to layers of rich, ripe black fruits that are subtly nuanced with minerality, cocoa, and clove. Twenty six months of aging in 90% new French oak provides elegant framing for this wine's concentration and intensity. With its seamless integration of both sweet and finely grained tannins, the wine is opulent on the palate, and delivers a silky finish of length and elegance.

This richly expressive wine draws its prized fruit from Beckstoffer's heralded To Kalon Vineyard, Pritchard Hill, and Caldwell Vineyard's legendary Block-15 – whose vines have flourished in the rocky, volcanic soils of the heralded Coombsville District for over 30 years. The clone of Cabernet grown on this vineyard is prized for its complexity and depth, and the company of wines sourced from this vineyard is noteworthy.

Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards: Caldwell/Coombsville District, To Kalon, Pritchard Hill
Production: 312 cases
Harvest Date: October 20 - November 2, 2011
Cooperage: 90% new French oak; Taransaud, Ermitage, St. Martin
Bottle Date: January 27, 2014
Release Date: September 2014

Ratings & Reviews

92-94 Points- Antonio Galloni:
"Moone Tsai's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Cor Leonis is beautifully pointed in this vintage. Mint, small red berries, spices and licorice all jump from the glass in a vibrant, delineated Cabernet loaded with class and personality. The flavors are bright and nicely focused throughout. The 2011 finishes with substantial energy, tension and class. This is a drop-dead gorgeous, classy wine, and a clear stand-out among the many 2011s I tasted. The vineyard sources are Caldwell, Chang (formerly Spanos), and To-Kalon." - Antonio Galloni (November 2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Still in barrel, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Corleonis reveals touches of lavender and roasted herbs along with attractive red and black currant fruit, low acidity and sweet tannin in its mid-weight, stylish, elegant personality. Consume it over the next 7-8 years." - Robert Parker (Oct 2013)

92-94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2010 vintage):
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Cor Leonis is strikingly beautiful. Freshly cut flowers, mint, cinnamon and cloves literally jump from the glass in this delineated, vibrant wine. The pure pedigree of the 2010 vintage comes through in spades. Although not yet in bottle, the 2010 is shaping up to be a gorgeous effort from Moone-Tsai. Actually, it already is. The 2010 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Spanos, Caldwell and To-Kalon. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

I only tasted a few wines from Moone-Tsai this year, but they were all striking and full of personality." - Antonio Galloni (Dec 2012)

92(+?) Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010 vintage):
"(bottled just before my visit): Bright, full medium ruby. Blueberry and menthol aromas are lifted by a floral topnote, with some toasty oak yet to be absorbed. Sweet and very concentrated, with a fine-grained texture and plenty of breadth to the dark berry, spice and menthol flavors. Big, structured cabernet with excellent grip. Finishes with building tannins and noteworthy rising length. Still a bit clenched following the bottling; this may well merit an even higher score with four to six years of cellaring." - Stephen Tanzer (May/June 2013)