2011 Chuey Cab Nelligan Road Ranch
2011 was a perfect year for the Nelligan Road Ranch. The Fall was cool there, as it was all over the Pacific Northwest, but the vineyard is high altitude and west-facing so it is bathed in a constant breeze from the Pacific and warmth from the afternoon sun. Rot was never a problem here, and we let the fruit hang and hang without danger. As always, the vintage is light, delicate, graceful. This is never a muscular Cabernet. Even in full ripeness, it hearkens back to another time in Northern California.