2011 Meteor Vineyard Perseid - 3 pack
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From the Vineyard - "The 2011 vintage engaged vineyard managers and winemakers with unpredictable weather patterns and challenging conditions. A wet winter continued deep into spring, with 2 to 3 inches of rainfall in June. With cool temperatures in the daily early summer forecast, the crew worked diligently in the vineyard opening the canopies to sun, wind and any heat that the fruit could capture. August and September saw a return to classic Napa Valley sunshine and, though several weeks behind a “normal” year, the fruit matured gracefully. With the threat of rain on the horizon in the final weeks of October, the crews were in the vineyard 12-15 hours per day carefully culling any fruit that wasn’t perfect. The final harvest, during the week of October 24th, though substantially smaller than normal, produced fruit with lower than normal sugar levels but with incredible purity. We wound up proud of what we were able to accomplish with diligence and focus under pressure." - Mike Wolf, Vineyard Manager
From the Sommelier - "It is often said that “difficult vintages separate the great vineyards and winemakers from the rest”. In every clichí© there is truth, and in 2011 this truth is evident in the bottle. The 2011 vintage challenged vineyard managers and winemakers up and down the valley with unusually cool and wet conditions that left the ordinarily imperturbable Cabernet Sauvignon grapes susceptible to fungal diseases that are rarely seen in Napa Valley. The most successful got aggressive in the vineyard, removing fruit in multiple passes and opening up the canopy for extra sunshine at the possible expense of overexposed fruit. Ultimately, quality was about refusing to accept anything but perfect fruit, with winemakers and vineyard crews sorting in the vineyard and double sorting the berries as they headed to the press. The hard work is evident in the best wines from the vintage which display pure aromas, bracing structure and lower alcohol levels than most years." - Jason Alexander, Sommelier and General Manager
From the Winemaker - "Aromas of cassis, red cherry and bright notes of French tarragon present themselves immediately, with secondary aromas of mocha and lightly roasted coffee mingling with notes of mineral-rich sandalwood. Lifted, bright acidity on the palate and a “nervy” balance showcase this elegant wine and refined dry tannins complete the picture. The wine opens slowly to, a more typical, black cherry and berry, both lingering and chewy." - Dawnine Dyer, Winemaker and Partner
From the Critics - "Meteor's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Perseid jumps from the glass with sweet scents of tobacco, leather, spices, dried cherries and underbrush. Intense, layered and expressive, the 2011 stands out for its balance, personality and class. Overall, the 2011 is a delicate Perseid, and the wine needs time to fully come together, but it is impressive all the same." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
"Bright red-ruby. Complex, stylish nose combines red berries, licorice and herbs. Juicy, spicy and perfumed, offering lovely inner-mouth definition to its pretty berry flavors. Not underripe in spite of its unusually low alcohol: I could easily get used to this style. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and good length. "The 2011 will always be about nose and structure," noted Dawnine Dyer. This Perseid release includes the fruit that would normally have gone into the estate's flagship wine, as Dyer felt the vintage lacked density and polish." - Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar