Thursday, September 1, 2022

Grassi Napa Valley Cabernet with grilled beefsteak

Grassi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 with grilled beefsteak

We took this bottle from our home wine cellar on our cross country roadtrip to drink BYOB or with a carry-out dinner. We didn't get to it on our trip but since it had been 'agitated' from the travel and subjected to temperature variations in the car, we needed to consume it soon rather than return to the cellar for further aging. 

We opened this to accompany dinner that Linda prepared of grilled rib-eye steak with haricot verts and baked sweet potatoes. Tonight's tasting was consistent with a previous tasting of this label that we posted back in April, 2021, re-posted below.

Grassi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

As I wrote earlier, this is one of several vintages we hold from 2005 through 2011 of this label and is the first we have tasted. Normally as part of cellar management one will drink the older wines first as they're more likely to lose their drinking window. An exception is a lesser vintage that may have less aging ability than a more robust vintage. To that caution, I chose the 2011 to drink. It exceeded our expectations in every respect and showed no cause to worry about rushing to consume the rest from that vintage at ten years of age.

Being from a lesser lackluster vintage, Napa 2011, our expectations were modest but were exceeded as this showed bright vibrant expressive complex black fruits of currant, black berry and black cherry with notes of olive, spice, cigar box and hints of graphite, oak and vanilla. 

Wine Advocate gave this ratings of 89 to 92 points. Antonio Galloni gave it 94 points. I gave it 92 points.