A unique blend that is a treat for the taste buds! Our 2011 JDV is comprised of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah and 10% Petite Verdot.
This medium to full-bodied wine has a deep burgundy color with a bouquet of ripe black cherry, blackberry, cocoa powder and smoky French oak. It is remarkably well-balanced and has a rich concentration of fruit and oak. The wine offers several layers of flavor on the palate with highlights of blackberry, black plums, mocha and a wisp of oak, coating the tongue with mild tannins and a soft engaging finish.
Featured pairing recipe: Polenta with Lamb Ragu, courtesy of Chef Susanne Dillingham
Best of Class of Region- 2015 California State Fair Wine Competition, Gold Medal- 2015 Critics Challenge Wine Competition, Gold Medal- 2015 Sommelier Challenge Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2016 Hilton Head Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2015 Florida State Fair Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2015 Indy International Wine Competition, Silver Medal- Tastings.com, Bronze Medal- 2015 TexSom Wine Competition
The Cabernet Sauvignon is from La Herradura Vineyard, located in foothills of St. Helena.
The Petite Sirah is from Frediani Vineyard, located at the Northern end of Napa Valley in Calistoga.
The Syrah is from Page Nord Vineyard, located on the north bank of Dry Creek, south of Yountville.
The Petite Verdot is from Cafaro Vineyard, located in the eastern hills south of the Stags’ Leap appellation.
The 2011 vintage year was cool and damp, making it particularly challenging. 2011 gave our growers all they could handle with very late spring rains, an incredibly cold and foggy summer, capped by rains in the beginning of October. As winemaker Jesse Inman states, “These unusual conditions challenged us to be more creative working with our growers, as we needed to make the best decisions in the vineyards for timely harvesting. We had to take extra care when selecting our picks. While not as easy as other harvests, I viewed this as an overall positive because it meant the fruit selected was of the best quality, which translated into superior wines.”
This is a radiant wine to drink now or savor for the next 8-10 years with proper cellaring.
Food Pairing Notes
Our 2011 Joie de Vivre will pair wonderfully with Lamb Ragu, Grilled Pepper Steak or Greek Pizza with Spinach, Feta and Olives.
248 cases produced