2011 Double Eagle Red Wine
Double Eagle combines two passions of David Grieve and Vance Rose; it is the rarest of golf shots and is the fifth release of 604 cases of our evocative Bordeaux blend. We have traditionally produced three Bordeaux varietals (cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc) since our initial vintage in 2006 and have blended the best barrels of each varietal together to make our minimal quantities of Double Eagle. This year we also co-fermented some petit verdot with our usual cabernet franc for added depth, structure and color. The cabernet sauvignon contributes strength, tannin and cedar, the merlot contributes the lovely dusty plum and the cabernet franc brings beautiful violets and lavender.
2011 was the fourth consecutive cool vintage with a late cold and wet spring and followed by madden- ingly slow ripening that was augmented with a few bursts of heat. Rain started in mid-September and was on and off through harvest in late October and early November, fortunately our sites are well drained and Bordeaux varietals are hearty. The rain caused us to hand sorted in the vineyard, again at the winery and the wine was de-stemmed and then sorted again for the third time.
The wine is amazingly deep in color with aromas and layers of flavors of cedar, caramelized anise, cassis, cocoa, sage and green olive. The wine is highly structured as you would suspect from such a cool vintage and shy at first, then expanding to a lovely full symphony of licorice, lavender and black currants.$85 Sold Out
- Vintage 2011
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena AVA 32% Merlot, Grieve Family Vineyard
15% Cabernet Franc, St. Helena AVA
8% Petit Verdot, St. Helena AVA
- Appellation Napa Valley
October 30, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
November 6, 2011 Merlot
November 9, 2011 Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot
- Alcohol 14.1%
- pH 3.41
- Production 604 cases