Foley Johnson Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
This big, delicious Cabernet is an amazing wine that traditionally sells in the range of $50- $65 dollars a bottle. But we have used our economies of scale and relationships to bring some special deals to our very loyal customers. We knew you would love this offering and we’re so proud to be able to make these kind of special things happen! This is one of the ultimate signature wines from Bill Foley and his vast and luxurious wine holdings. Foley has one of the most impressive business and winery industry backgrounds. He first began in the wine business purchasing Lincourt Vineyards in 1996 and then founded Foley Wine Estates in the Santa Rita Hills. He has since purchased Chalk Hill Winery, Merus, Three Rivers, Firestone, Sawyer Winery, Kuleto Estate and has extensive holdings in New Zealand. He is also Chairman of two Fortune 500 Companies, which include Title Insurance and global processing for credit card issuers. We would like to thank the Foley team for their great partnership and allowing us to make this very special offering available to our customers!
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Foley Johnson Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Cabernet Sauvignon
COUNTRY: United States
GRAPES: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
The Foley Johnson Cabernet boasts a purple hue with garnet highlights. A luxurious nose of vibrant red and black fruit including dark cherries, red flowers, cassis and toasty vanilla oak. On the palate, silky and packed with layers of fruit including blackberries, plums, vanillin, blueberries, kirsch, a nutmeg spice box and that famous Rutherford dust. Savory and mouthwatering with good texture, with layers of attractive fruit and a pronounced finish. This Cabernet spent 21 months in French oak, one-third of which were new. The winemaking team was particularly proud of this wine in a challenging year as this Vineyard actually had a solid but low yielding harvest and they picked just at the right time. Will drink nicely through 2023 and should get even better with cellaring. Pair this with sirloin steak au poivre, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, garlic encrusted lamb chops, game meats, coq au vin, or chocolate soufflé.
By Foley Johnson Wines
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Appellation: Napa Valley
Composition: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Aging: 21 months in French oak barrels (33% new)
Production: 1311 cases
TA: 5.93 g/l
Bottling Date: July 15, 2013
The 2011 growing season was challenging. It started and ended with cool weather. In between, the fruit set late, the yields were much lower than normal and harvest stretched well into November for much of Napa Valley. Despite these setbacks, this turned out to be a good year for Cabernet Sauvignon and other later-ripening varieties, especially where growers were diligent with their farming practices. Having not jumped the gun on preventative measures, we were able to harvest our vineyards with little to no problems, averaging 4.2 tons per acre. Overall the fruit is concentrated and lush, offering some amazing flavors and a unique vintage.
The Foley Johnson Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested September 27 through October 28, 2011 under clear night skies. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation and was racked four times throughout the barreling process. After 21 months of aging in new and used French Oak barrels (33% new) the wine was bottled July 15, 2013.
Our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, coming from our estate vineyards located in Rutherford, is predominately Cabernet (78%) with small amounts of Merlot and Petit Verdot that give added flavors and help round out the wine. Filled with aromas and flavors of fresh currant, dried herbs and brambly fruits, this wine has very well integrated tannins that linger from start to finish. This wine will continue to soften over the next few years and can be enjoyed through 2022.
Foley Johnson has 50 acres of estate vineyards in the heart of Rutherford, one of the most heralded AVAs in America. In addition to its historical importance, Rutherford is recognized as one of California’s greatest regions for luxury-class wines. The appellation encompasses six square miles and possesses a total of 3,518 acres of vineyards of which 71% are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. The climate is an arid Region II, with warm days and cool nights throughout the summer months. The soils are primarily gravel, sand and loam. The combination of conditions makes this the perfect place for Bordeaux varieties.
All of our vineyards are farmed sustainably. Our goal is to preserve the local ecosystem and minimize our impact on the land. In addition to our proprietary farming program, we have helped rejuvenate and protect the Napa River bordering the eastern edge of our estate by removing non-native plants and reestablishing indigenous species. We also have built bird and owl sanctuary houses in our vineyard for insect control. Beyond the beneficial effects sustainable farming has on the environment, it also results in superior grapes that more accurately reflect our terroir.
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.