2011 - Winemaker's Test

2011 Le Bijou du Roi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - Diamond Mountain

95 points, Best Micro Winery Napa Cabernet (California State Fair Wine Competition)

93 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"This is from the Sori Bricco Vineyard, whose grapes have gone to such wineries as Sterling, Stonegate and Nickel & Nickel. En Garde gets a significant quantity of fruit. The blend is 92.5% Cab, the rest being Petit Verdot and Malbec. As might be expected from a Diamond Mountain, the wine is very dark and quite tannic. For an ’11, it’s a big success, but the vintage, much maligned, was far from bad in the Napa mountains, where rainfall drains right off and the grapes did just fine. The wine brims with young, jammy blackberries and cassis, and the 100% new French oak in which it was aged seamlessly adds notes of vanilla and smoke. This is a gorgeous, sumptuous, elegant and rather fleshy young Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, full-bodied and powerful. Already throwing some sediment, it needs time. Give it at least six years, and it should hold and change in the bottle for a good many years afterwards."

92 points (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

"Red and black licorice figure into the soul of this softly smooth and likable mountain wine. Classic in its approach, and relatively medium bodied, it's lithe and elegant in texture, with faint traces of cedar, graphite and crisp currant." V.B. 6/1/2016

92 points (Cabernet Shootout)

2011 Adamus - Diamond Mountain District - Napa Valley

93 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"I must admit it’s not clear to me why En Garde bottles both the Adamus and Le Bijou du Roi. Both are Cabernet-based Bordeaux blends from the Sori Bricco Vineyard. The Bijou has more new oak and a little more Cabernet, and it costs a few dollars more, but still, they’re pretty similar, although I suppose the Bijou is worth an extra point for additional concentration. This ’11 Adamus, like the ’11 Bijou, is very rich and full-bodied. Packed with black currants, macaroons, vanilla and spices, it’s a young wine that really needs time. Like the Bijou, it has a suave, smooth, earthy fleshiness: think olive tapenade. Fancy and elegant, it’s a mountain wine of great intensity that will be better after 2018, and should last a long time."

90 points (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

"With a majority Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine also blends in 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec. Austere in crisp red fruit and dried herb, it's lean on the midpalate before developing a more pronounced grip of leather and tar on the finish." V.B. 6/1/2016

 

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon - Diamond Mountain District

92 points (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

"Coconut macaroon and blueberry and blackberry preserves make for a juicy, satisfying mountain-grown wine that sparks in black pepper, before finishing full of fresh acidity and complexity. Light bodied and restrained in oak and tannin, it's ready to enjoy now." V.B. 6/1/2016

92 points (Cabernet Shootout)

91 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"There’s been some noise out there in the critical community that 2011 was a bad vintage because it was so cold. What they’re not telling you is that some appellations did better than others, and one of the exceptions is Napa Valley mountain Cabernet. This wine is lighter in body than you’d expect from a Diamond Mountain Cab, but it’s still quite tannic, with a fine core of blackberry and cassis fruit. And it’s very low in alcohol, compared to the winery’s previous vintages, only 13.6%, as opposed to, say, the 2008, which was 16%. The result is much more elegant, as opposed to opulent, with a sleek, streamlined angularity that makes you yearn for food. I would not age this wine beyond 3 or 4 years, though."

90 points (California State Fair Wine Competition)

2011 Cabernet Franc - Ghielmetti Vineyard - Livermore Valley

90 points  (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

"A restrained Cabernet Franc, this also holds small percentages of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Highly structured, it offers violets, herb and shy red cherry and raspberry fruit. Soft, it’s enjoyable now but could also be aged through 2019. Enjoy with spring lamb." V.B. 8/1/2014

92 points (Affairs of the Vine Cabernet Shootout)

2011 Pinot Noir - Russian River Valley

89 points (Pinot File)

"Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of strawberry, cut flowers and sandalwood. Mid weight flavors of strawberry, raspberry with a compliment of nutty oak. Noticeable tannin and zippy acidity producing a tangy finish of some length.Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of strawberry, cut flowers and sandalwood. Mid weight flavors of strawberry, raspberry with a compliment of nutty oak. Noticeable tannin and zippy acidity producing a tangy finish of some length."

2011 Pinot Noir Reserve - Russian River Valley

92 points (Affairs of the Vine Pinot Shootout)

"Beautifully developed aromas of generous spice and dramatic black cherry and red fruit. Palate continues to impress combining the same generous elements of spice and complex black fruit with dramatic ripe red cherry and lush plum flavors. Fruit and spice are beautifully layered in this complex and satisfying wine. The long dramatic finish is almost seamless and graciously invites you back for another taste. A charming example of exceptional New World Pinot Noir."

92 points (Pinot File)

"Very nice perfume of Bing cherry, raspberry, caramel and spice. Tasty essence of Bing cherries with a long cherry-driven finish. Seamless with balanced t n‘ a. Juicy and very satisfying. Highly accessible now, but has the balance to age effortlessly."

2011 Tempranillo - El Dorado

Gold Medal (Orange County Wine Competition)

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