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2011 Tonella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L

Ruby red in color with aromas of spicy strawberry and candied walnuts moving into slight clove and pencil lead. As the wine opens up, the nose is hints of red fruit transitioning into a touch of smoke and dustiness. On the palate, the wine is flavorful, full of fresh strawberry moving into a chewy, rustic red berry/red fruit finish. Again, as the wine opens up the palate continues to get rounder, juicier, and fuller.
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast



The grapes came from the first new plantings of our Tonella Vineyard. The Tonella estate vineyard in Rutherford is divided into 17 unique rootstock and clonal blocks, which are further divided in different sections depending on ripeness. The Cabernet franc was picked October 13, 2011, between 25 and 25.2 brix. The Cabernet sauvignon was picked October 18-24, 2011, between 24.5 and 25.0 brix. The fruit was cluster sorted before undergoing a two-day cold soak. After inoculation with a French yeast strain, the wine underwent small-batch fermentation, with gentle pumpovers 2-3 times each day. The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel, and was racked twice before bottling in June 2013. The wine aged in our cellar until its release in October 2015.

Video Tasting Note

Enjoy this short video featuring our President & Director of Winemaking, Michael Trujillo or our Winemaker, Molly Hill as they describe what makes this wine interesting and unique. You’ll get the inside scoop on the history of the wine, where the grapes are sourced from and the winemaker’s goal and philosophy. Pour yourself a glass of Sequoia Grove wine and enjoy the show!

Featured Recipe

We believe that wine is best enjoyed with food, family and friends. Enjoy this featured recipe but don’t hesitate to try it with any of our wines. We believe that slight adjustments to your food – typically a squeeze of lemon and dash of salt, will help any dish accent the wine. Want to learn more? Take our “A Taste For Cabernet” seminar next time you are visiting and be prepared to be amazed.

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Download Wine Notes
Vintage 2011
Wine Style Bold Red Wine
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition
91% Cabernet Sauvignon
9% Cabernet Franc
Appellation Rutherford
Harvest Date October 2011
Acid 5.7 g/L
PH 3.70
Aging 22 months in French Oak
Barrel Aging
22 months
Bottling Date June 2013
Alcohol % 14.4
Size 1.5 L