In 2011, cloud cover in the winter and early spring delayed the year’s growing season, but above average rainfall filled the reservoirs. Bloom this year occurred in June, which is the latest on record. A cool summer, without any real heat spikes, offered a slow ripening period, and the fruit looked balanced on the vines. Without the extra heat, sugar levels remained low and we harvested this vineyard on the exact dates as the 2010 vintage, toward the end of October.
The 2011 Branding Iron Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has the aromas of wild berry and forest that distinguish this vineyard, even in a cooler year. Earth and sage complement the fruit and give a depth of flavor on the midpalate. The spicy oak and vanilla components add complexity, while the gentle tannins from this vintage are approachable now.