2011 Next Red
Substantial Winter rains and cool temperatures delayed the start of the growing season. Mild Summer temperatures allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and develop rich flavors. Harvest began on October 12.
This red wine was produced by fermenting the juice with its skins to extract the color and flavor. CO2 gas (a by-product of fermentation) bubbled up through the skins causing them to float to the top and form the “cap”. To ensure thorough extraction, we pumped juice from the bottom of the tank and sprinkled it over the cap several times a day throughout fermentation.
Following the Bordeaux tradition of extended maceration, the wine remained on the skins for another two weeks to soften its young tannins. Next the wine was moved into our caves for barrel aging. During its first Winter, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to lower its acidity and add richness. After many tastings in the Spring of 2013, we blended 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot with 85% Malbec. We continued to barrel-age the wine until it was bottled in August 2013.
The 2011 Next Red is young, lively and bright. It opens with complex aromas of blueberries, cola spice and violets. The liveliness and spice from the Malbec complements the elegant complexity of the Cabernet and the Petit Verdot. Soft on the palate, velvety in texture it has notes of chocolate, plums and sweet vanilla that add richness and length to the wine. Like its predecessors, the 2011 has the balance and complexity to age well for at least an additional fifteen years.
At a tasting in August 2016, we tasted the 2011 and here are our notes: Pretty, lively, engaging. Bing cherries, cola, carpaccio, sweet mint notes. Soft, supple entry with flavors of salted chocolate, black plums and vanilla toastiness.