We are proud that Havens Winery has partnered with Winestilsoldout and given us an allocation of their top wines. They love having access to get their wines into the hands of the top wine customers in the country. This has everything you want in a wine: Great pedigree, the best grapes, a top vineyard and one of the top winemakers in the Valley. We always enjoyed Havens wines, which has a very rich Napa Valley tradition. Winemaker Aaron Potts is formerly the head winemaker at Napa's St. Clement and the winemaker for the famous St. Emillion Grand Cru Classe, Chateau La Tour Figeac. Aaron's resume and reputation is one of the best in the industry. He also consults for Quintessa and the Stagecoach Vineyard. This is an incredible wine, enjoy!
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Havens Winery Napa Valley Cabernet 2011 By Aaron Pott
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Cabernet Sauvignon
GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Napa Valley
A very nice 100% Cabernet from Havens under the leadership of winemaker Aaron Pott. It spent two years in French and American Oak. This is from the Hanson-Hsieh Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District. It dates back to the 1837 Rancho de Napa land grant whose first plantings date back over 160 years. A deep red hue with purple highlights. An alluring nose of cherries, black raspberry, cassis, mocha and licorice. It’s lush and suave with silky tannins and layered with fresh fruit. A grateful palate of mainly dark red fruit with chocolate, plum, espresso, sweet vanilla oak and nutmeg spice. A pleasing mouth feel with nice long length. Enjoy this nice bottle with the specialties from restaurant Angele, located in Napa’s downtown, which include: Steak Tartare with Dijon mustard, crispy skinned pork belly with crispy duck egg, herb roasted ribeye steak with garlic squash puree and whole grain mustard crusted pork chop. Best enjoyed now through 2020.
By Havens Winery
2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
The Vineyard and Winemaking
The Havens 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is produced from grapes mostly grown in the Oak Knoll AVA. The soils are sandy loam/clay interspersed with gravel from the river bed. The vines are vertical-shoot positioned with a spur-pruned cordon. When Tom Hsieh and Raymond Hanson purchased the property nearly 40 years ago, they didn't know it was one of the most historically significant sites in Napa Valley. There were no vines on the site, but Tom and Raymond got busy planting and tending their vines, and it wasn’t until the 1990s, that they discovered Hanson-Hsieh Vineyards' place in history: the site was part of the original Rancho de Napa granted to Salvador Vallejo in 1837, and that grapevines were planted there as far back as the 1850s. The grapes were gently crushed and cold soaked for 48 hours prior to the yeast addition that starts the fermentation. The wine remained on the skins for 2 weeks and then was pressed off & barreled down into French and American Oak barrels for 2 years of aging.
Our winemaker is in constant communication with our growers & once the desired sugar levels are reached, harvest kicks into full swing! Despite the challenges of cooler temps & early rains in 2011, our grapes came in with good acid levels & no signs of dilute flavors or mildew issues. The weather actually led to longer hang time and increased flavor profiles and complexity in the grapes.
Brims with rich aromas of cassis and black currants and subdued swirls of mocha, berry and vanilla. Plump and approachable, flavors of spicy red cherry fruit and fine tannins make this wine elegantly smooth and well balanced on the palate. Enjoy now with more robust grilled meats or roasted pretty-much-anything, or patiently reward yourself with a few years of cellaring.
Harvest Date: October 15, 2011
Fermentation: 100% Stainless Steel
Barrel Aging: 24 Months French & American Oak
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
[Info provided by J.H.N.]
Aaron Pott - Winemaker
Aaron Pott’s curiosity in wine began at the young age of 9 when he ordered a glass of wine in a venerable Parisian bistro. When the waiter responded - in halting perfect English - that “milk is for babies” and promptly produced a glass of watered down red, Pott realized that wine was a beverage of choice for adults and immersed himself in the world of wine trivia. Studying oenology at the University of California, Davis, Pott delved into all aspects of the theory of winemaking, including practical application by working part-time in the research laboratory at Robert Mondavi Winery. He completed his education with a master’s degree in Viticulture from the Universite de Bourgogne in Dijon, France. Pott immediately took the position of assistant winemaker at Newton Vineyard, under winemaker John Kongsgaard. It was at Newton - under the wing of his first great mentor - that Pott would be introduced to Michel Rolland. At many tastings with Kongsgaard and Rolland (set up by legendary wine collector Dade Thieriot), Pott tried to convince Rolland to find him a job in France - pulling hoses around a dark cellar and working on his language skills. Rolland soon sent word that he had found the ideal position - winemaker at Chateau Troplong Mondot, Premier Grand Cru Classe St. Emilion. Pott would thereafter become winemaker and general manager of Château La Tour Figeac Grand Cru Classe St. Emilion. Pott worked for nearly six years making wine in France before returning to the States to take a position with Beringer Wine Estates. As a winemaker for the company’s international brands in France, Italy and South America, he had the pleasure to work with French winemakers Jean-Louis Mandrau, formerly of Chateau Latour and Andre Porcheret, whose resume included the Hospice de Beaune and Domaine Leroy. Pott’s duties expanded in 2001 as winemaker at St. Clement in St. Helena. In 2004, he accepted the position as winemaker and general manager at Quintessa. In 2007, Pott formed “Huis Clos Wines” and is dedicated to consulting for a limited quantity of notable producers as well as making wines of his own. Pott lives at his self proclaimed “Chateauneuf du Pott” on the dizzying heights of Mt. Veeder with his wife Claire and daughter Tosca.
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.