"The 2011 Alzero Cabernet is a bit backward today, displaying mocha-infused black and red currants offset by hints of sour citrus and animal musk, plus a dusty floral and incense component that is not quite ready to come into the foreground. It’s velvety in feel yet medium in body, showing tart wild berries and exotic inner spices, all framed by a core of vibrant acidity. For all of its primary intensity, the 2011 maintains balance, leaving a glycerol-like coating of tart cherry and blackberry under an air of tobacco and sweet herbs. There’s a lot of immediate pleasure to be found within the 2011, but it should also excel over medium-term cellaring. With grapes dried through appassimento, the Alzero is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. Drinking window: 2021 - 2032."
What importer Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...
• Blend: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot• Vineyard: 30 years average• Soil: Limestone and Basalt• Aging: Wine is then aged in French barrels for two or three years, then racked into Slavonian oak barrels for four more years• Farming: Traditional • Harvested before most other grapes, at the end of August and beginning of September• Careful selection of grapes during harvest• After harvest, grapes sit in wooden boxes or on rush mats• Dried grapes are pressed in mid-December• Grapes are pressed and after 20 days of maceration, alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts• Fermentation lasts approximately 50 days• Wine is then aged in French barrels for two or three years, then racked into Slavonian oak barrels for four more years• During this aging process, additional alcoholic fermentations take place