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2011 Morlet Family Vineyards Estate St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon

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ITEM 8102621 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Bidder Amount Total
$130
Item Sold Amount Date
I8107470 1 $130 Feb 6, 2022
I8096544 5 $130 Jan 23, 2022
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RATINGS

93Robert M. Parker Jr.

...it exhibits terrific fruit (supple blackberry and black currant) for a 2011 as well as hints of licorice, subtle smoke and lead pencil shavings. Surprisingly rich, intense and opulent...

92-95Vinous / IWC

Another gorgeous wine endowed with superb balance. Sweet, silky and perfumed.. impresses for its refined fruit and phenomenal overall balance. Sweet floral notes add lift on the finish

PRODUCER

Morlet Family Vineyards

Morlet Family Vineyards in St. Helena is truly a Franco-American enterprise. The estate was founded in 2006 when Luc and Jodie Morlet began making their own wine. But the roots of the estate go back generations to the Champagne region of France, where Luc Morlet grew up working on his family’s Pinot Noir and Champagne domaine. Luc later earned degrees in enology and business, and worked at wine estates in all the regions of France before moving to Napa Valley in 1993 to work as a winemaker. He met and married Jodi, a Californian, and worked for Napa’s Newton Vineyard and Peter Michael Winery before starting his own production. The Morlets own eight acres and have leases on another 12 acres. Their very limited production Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon have won outstanding reviews from wine writers. Robert M. Parker Jr. rated a recent Morlet Chardonnay at 96-100 pts and said it “may be one of the all-time great Chardonnays ever made in California.”

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena

St. Helena AVA is at the northern end of Napa Valley just north of Rutherford and south of Calistoga. It is a relatively warm climate thanks to the Mayacamas Mountains on its western edge, which protect it from Pacific Ocean fog. Out of the 9,000 acres in the appellation, some 1,500 are under vine. The principal grapes grown in St. Helena are the Bordeaux grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. St. Helena is considered prime wine producing territory, and it was one of the first important wine producing regions in northern California. The legendary Charles Krug founded his winery just north of the town of St. Helena in 1873, and today the appellation is home to many prestigious producers, including Abreu, Grace Family and Spottswoode.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.

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