2011 Scotto Cellars 50 Harvests Cabernet Sauvignon

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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About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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