HL Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

How does one choose a wine highlight of the week? I try to pick one wine I’ve had during the week and post about it. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know I do try a lot of wines during the week. 😉 and believe me, I usually love them all.  But one stood out for me this past week. The HL Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. What a treat!!

A friend of mine just moved from Napa to Sonoma, and she is loving her new place. I, along with some friends, got invited to her place for dinner. The task…hang artwork.  Not an easy task I might add. The measuring, and re-measuring and finding the studs (no…not those. I’m talking about the wood studs behind the drywall – geez)

It was a great evening! A few friends hanging artwork and a few cooking to get ready to BBQ the steaks. What could be better? Well….add a great bottle of wine and there you have it – a perfect evening. Wonderful friends, great food, awesome wines!

The HL Vineyards 2011 Cabernet – what a lovely wine! I know a lot of people think the 2011 vintage was not a good one. But I am here to tell you, I am finding some wonderful wines (especially Cabernet) coming from that vintage.

This wine is a very elegant Cabernet. Low alcohol for a Cabernet. 14.4% ABV. Softer tannins than most. The nose gave some bright red fruit, layered with nice toasty oak and hint of vanilla. Upon sipping, it was beautiful red fruit with a lovely spice rack and mocha and coffee flavors. I loved this wine, and I thank my friend for sharing it and a lovely evening with us.

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Cheers
Happy Wine Wednesday

Cindy Cosco

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