Avenel Cellars Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011, California

A very pretty color of ruby, with a wide reddish rim.

Beautiful nose of blueberries, plums, cherries, light oak, licorice, earth, chocolates, flowers, Indian spices, wet leaves and black pepper.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with sour cherries, plums, red currants, oak, tobacco leaf, earth, dark coffee, black pepper, vegetables, leather, light vanilla and vinaigrette.

Short finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Elegant, soft and gentle.

Feels more like a 10 year old Brunello, which is very interesting to see.

Was better a few years ago, but still enjoyable now. Showing a great nose, but a little unbalanced at this point.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

Needed an hour to open up properly, but started fading away after 3 hours of airtime.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$50 (current vintage).


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