2011 F-86 Sabre Jet (Sauv/Merlot/Franc-90 pts)

This Bordeaux-style blends pours a pretty garnet in the glass.  An inviting nose of plums, cherries and berries leads into a lovely palate of bright cherries, red currants and plums, plus the nuance of cedar trees before a bright, lingering finish. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc.


15 inches of rain in November and December 2010 gave the vines a good post-harvest soaking. Another 20 inches in January to March repeated last year’s assurance there would be plenty of water in the soil. The inch plus in April and May posed potential hazard to cluster development, but was not a problem. In total, the vines received just over 30 inches of rain, slightly above average. The growing season that followed – spring temperatures slightly above average, a cooler summer and a mild fall - gave the grapes a wonderful growing season.