2011 Kongsgaard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Savory herbs, tobacco, black fruit, pencil shavings, mint, licorice, new leather and cedar all flesh out in the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. Statuesque and wiry, the 2011 impresses for its energy, class and pure nuance. I very much like the sense of tension here. The 2011 is going to require a few years to fully meld together, but all the elements are in the right place. In 2011, this fruit wasn't picked until November 2!
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full red-ruby. Complex, expressive aromas of cassis, black raspberry, licorice, shoe polish, fresh herbs and leather. Not as deep as the best recent vintages of this wine but supple and nuanced, with plum and dark berry flavors complicated by bitter chocolate and spices. Nothing weedy about this 2011. Finishes juicy and firmly tannic, with lingering flavors of black fruits and minerals. I'd give this three or four years in the bottle to absorb some of its tannins. This cabernet was harvested on November 2! (ST)