abreu, madrona ranch, napa valley 2011
VINOUS
95
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95

2011 abreu, madrona ranch, napa valley

Why We're Buying

Abreu Madrona is a sleeping giant in Napa Valley. The Madrona Ranch cabernet earned a 100-rating from wine critic Robert Parker in 1997, while founder David Abreu has been cited as one of the "most influential wine personalities of the last 20 years."

Critics Scores

VINOUS
95

Vinous

Abreu's 2011 Madrona Ranch possesses remarkable textural depth and richness, especially for the year. Rich, layered and super-expressive, the 2011 graces the palate with a compelling interplay of bright fruit, expressive aromatics and lovely breadth. New leather, crushed flowers and mint add nuance on the close.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

From the back hills of St. Helena, in the direction of Spring Mountain, comes Abreu’s first single-vineyard offering from vineyards planted in 1982, the Madrona Ranch. This cuvée usually contains at least 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Franc, ranging from 33% to 45%. Tiny quantities of Petit Verdot and Merlot are also added, depending on how they fared in any given vintage. Last year I mentioned that the 2011 Proprietary Red Madrona Ranch was one of the rare Abreu wines that showed a little herbaceousness, but that has completely aged out. There is now a forest floor intensity to this full-bodied, opaque purple-colored 2011. After spending 26 months in 100% new oak, it exhibits great fruit, concentration and intensity. The fact that Abreu and Grimes do malolactic in their new oak barrels seems to integrate the wood better than at many wineries. It is certainly a key to understanding the wine’s complexity. It displays lots of Christmas fruitcake, coffee, chocolate and spice box notes, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and sweet tannin.