The notably cool 2011 growing season slowed ripening, which fostered complex mineral and floral nuances in the deep fruit expression of our 2011 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine opens with layered aromas of crushed blackberries, dark cherries, bittersweet chocolate and violet. The elegant dark-fruit flavors, supported by firm, supple tannins, pick up distinctive minerality on the palate. Nuances of toffee and toasted oak spices, from aging in 94 percent new French oak barrels, add even more complexity.
The aromatics are incisive, as are the tannins, both hallmarks of a long, cool growing season. The 2011 stands out for its energy, tension and persistence. There is plenty of potential here, but readers will have to be patient. The 2011 finishes with persistent salinity, energy and tension. - Antonio Galloni
We hand selected grapes from the finest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in our BV
Ranches No. 1 and No. 2, originally planted by Georges de Latour in the early
1900s. We focus on clones that yield small berries with the high skin-to-juice ratio
needed to make intense, long-lived wines. These chosen vines are deeply rooted
in the well-draining alluvial fan soils of the Rutherford American Viticultural Area,
considered one of the finest regions of Napa Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon.
At our state-of-the-art winery, dedicated exclusively to Georges de Latour Private
Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, we hand sorted the destemmed berries to retain
only the highest quality fruit. Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor then fermented one-third
of the grapes in new French oak barrels for early integration of fruit and oak
character and to enhance the dense, rich texture; the balance was fermented in
stainless steel and oak tanks. Following judicious extended skin contact and inbarrel
malolactic fermentation, the wine was pressed and returned to barrels for
aging. Jeffrey blended the Cabernet Sauvignon with a small amount of Petit
Verdot to further enhance the wine’s aroma and flavor spectrum.