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PASSENGER 11 CS NAPA
Item: #249620
Bottle Size: 750ML
$74.95
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PASSENGER 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON STAGS LEAP DISTRICT 750mL

This is one of our favorite “top secret” wines. Why is it top secret? With vineyards under contract in regards to who is purchasing their fruit and using the vineyard designate on the label, along with top wine makers being under contract as to how many or few projects their name can be tied to-- well, sometimes it sets up a perfect situation where you have a collaboration of excellent fruit from a vineyard, a cult winemaker with idle time and a unique individual that is able to bring everything together for an “under the radar” type project. Our close friend and one of our favorite wine brokers, Kimberly Jones, is responsible for this project.

Making this wine is Benoit Toquett, who is also the winemaker at Realm. Benoit has impressed since his days at Hartwell, as he actually spends nearly as much time in the vineayrds as he does in the winery. That experience combined with many years working alongside Michel Rolland give him the props and skills to make some of the best wine in the Valley. Whereas the 08,09 and 10 vintages were from a single vineyard source in Stags Leap, this vintage uses incredible old vine vineyard sources in Oakville, St. Helena, and Calistoga.

This is balanced, elegant wine, yet structured with power and complexity. Kimberly & Benoit were not interested in a high alcohol, overripe, dessert wine of a Cabernet. Notes of dark cherry and blackberry, cocoa and mocha lead to a slight dusty quality that represents the vineyard. Yes, terroir showing in a California wine. With moderate alcohol and tannins and use of 25% new French oak for 2years, this well-structured, rounded wine boasts intensity in the mouth, finishing long with each of these elements. This is one of those wines you can put head-to-head with wines double the price.
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