We are focused on crafting exceptional wines from our estate grown Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. We believe that minimal handling and manipulation of our grapes and wine yields the purest expression of Detert Family Vineyard’s unique terroir. To that end, we hand pick and sort every cluster of grapes. We allow natural fermentation of the must in the tank, and malolactic fermentation in barrel. We press our wines directly into a mix of new and one-, two-, and three-year old French oak barrels.
The 2011 growing season will live on in the memories of Napa Valley winemakers for years to come. It was a rare vintage impacted by rain and cool weather throughout the growing season. From a wet Winter and Spring to June rains that disrupted fruit set, cool summer weather – we were set up for a small late harvest. Fortunately we had enough sun and warm weather for flavor and tannin development. Rains in early October encouraged us to jump on the harvest, as they provided a perfect level of humidity for the growth of botrytis in the vineyard. Botrytis, otherwise known as "Noble Rot," is wonderful if you are making a late harvest dessert wine like Sauternes. But not great when making noble reds like Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fortunately for Detert, our Cabernet Franc in our deep gravelly soils ripens early and we harvested both of our blocks before Botrytis could wreak havoc. Due to the small fruit set, we still had a tiny vintage – one of our smallest ever at 150 cases. The Franc definitely has the character of the long cool vintage, with a beautifully floral aroma, wonderful notes of dried herbs and a rich lush texture with fine, soft tannins. The 2011 is also dense, rich and layered with the vineyard's more traditional cocoa and dark cherry notes. It is fantastic, and a great example of what an excellent site can produce in a year like 2011.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon block was not as fortunate – harvested a week after the Cabernet Franc – a good percentage was infected with Botrytis and had to be discarded. What was left is beautiful, although stylistically different from most vintages. The 2011 Cab Sauvignon was picked at the lowest Brix in our history and came in at refreshingly low alcohol. The wine displays savory herbs, dried meats, currant and cassis flavors on a lush frame. Reminiscent of Bordeaux, it is a lovely and fascinating wine.
Shows beautiful floral aromas of violets and lavender followed by black cherry, sage and dried herb notes. Rich and concentrated in the mouth with plum and cherry fruit flavors layered over a range of lovely spices and herbs including anise, cardamom and cinnamon. Wonderful lush textured core over velvety tannins. Delicious now through 2021 and beyond. 150 Cases Produced, $75 per bottle
Classic Bordeaux nose of cedar, leather, herbs and cherry. Soft and approachable on the palate with cinnamon, vanilla, cassis and currant flavors framed by savory notes of cured meat and herbs. Really speaks of the cool vintage with its soft texture, herb and dried fruit notes. The finish is long and mouth coating. Enjoy now through 2021. 175 Cases Produced, $75 per bottle