Wine Review: 2011 Scotto Cellars 50 Harvests Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California

This new label from Scotto Family wines is a departure from most of the wines they have produced in the past. After viewing their portfolio, I must admit I was a little confused. I have been involved in the wine industry in one way or another for more than four decades and I have never seen any of their (44) labels on a retail shelf or restaurant wine list anywhere in this country or abroad. I must need to get out more often, but I digress.  

Let’s get back to reviewing the Scotto Cellars 50 Harvests Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine label, a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, is an ode to the fifty continuous harvests the five generations the Scotto’s have worked in California. They produced the wine at their newly acquired winery in Napa Valley, Steele Canyon Cellars, where they will be producing Chardonnay, Semillon, Pinot noir and this Cabernet Sauvignon.

The wine exhibits classic Napa Valley aromas and flavors leaning towards cedar, plum, leather and cassis. 18 months of new oak aging contributes a significant vanilla and toast component to the flavor profile. Forward tannins and medium acidity should facilitate continued bottle development for at least another decade. This is a good wine to pair with big complex flavors like apple wood smoked prime rib or blue cheeses. It will also work well as a stand-alone sipper in cocktail situations. 100 case production. Enjoy!

Rating: Very Good (87) | $50 | 13.9% ABV

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