2011 Post Parade Cabernet Sauvignon MAGNUM
"A deep, brooding purple color immediately leads to a very ripe, rich nose with black raspberry, black currant, chocolate and sweet vanilla with a touch of soy. The beautifully opulent palate has mouth-filling black fruits with blackberry jam, ripe black plum, chocolate and sweet vanilla oak and flavors that linger on and on. This is a classic expression of beautiful Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that belongs in any cellar."
Kevin Vogt, Master Sommelier Delmonico Steakhouse Las Vegas
This is a vintage that all came down to farming. The weather challenges that we faced in early October distinguished the well tended sites from the mediocre. Well-farmed sites such as Red Head and Tench, the vineyards that produced this wine, made it through early botrytis bouts and into three beautiful weeks of weather the second half of October.
2011 was really defined by some early October rains that created quite a bit of mold and mildew pressure throughout the valley. The key to success was a diligent spray program. If you were successful in fighting the initial pressure, there was plenty of great weather on the back end to ripen the crop. Both Ed Brown and Tench were able to hang and enjoy this weather due to their respective vineyard managers being on top of the conditions. Both vineyards had leaves pulled in the fruiting zone the day after the rains to knock as much moisture out of the canopy as possible. Both were sprayed to impede a botrytis bloom. Both had all affected fruit removed ASAP. These procedures all had to take place in a timely fashion for maximum effectiveness.
We harvested both vineyards at full ripeness the first week of November. With all this hang time, the 2011 Post Parade is already a more complex wine than its 2010 counterpart.
|Blend||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Winemaker||Thomas Rivers Brown|
|Release Date||September 2014|