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Michael Caitlin Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011  - First Bottle

Technical Details

  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon
  • WinemakerKennedy Testa
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia North Coast
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • VineyardAtlas Peak
  • Aging/Cooperage22 months in 100% new french oak
  • Alcohol14.9%

Michael Caitlin Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011

Bordeaux Blends  |  US

49% off retail!

Perfectly aged, Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon, from the top of Atlas Peak, clocking in at 12 years young, and really just hitting its prime – for UNDER $30?! This wine (over) delivers!

I have a confession...I love asking Napa winemakers to walk me through the 2011 vintage. Their eyes immediately glaze over, their hands get a little twitchy, and they start breathing erratically. Vintage PTSD is real, folks. I had a winemaker friend explain it like this: “2011 produced some incredible wines, even if they took a bit longer to get there compared to a more classic vintage like 2012. But what you need to understand is this – nearly every winery in Napa had to work three times harder to bring in about half as much fruit.”

Now, over a decade later, this 2011 Michael Caitlin cabernet sauvignon has ascended through the ranks and is drinking like a champ! With fruit sourced from the top of Atlas Peak, this juice definitely rocks that above-the-fog feel. Inky, dark berry notes, black pearl cherries, sage-infused brown butter, mushroom tea, and toasted black peppercorns make this a captivating and food-friendly style of Napa cabernet. The structure is firm, yet velvety. The wine concentrated, but never heavy — in a word: balanced.

Kennedy and Boden Testa run this micro-winery, sourcing fruit from their vineyards up and down the state. The wine spent 22 months in 100% new French oak prior to bottling and at this price, it’s guaranteed to please. Under $30 for a Napa cabernet like this? Inconceivable!

About the Producer

Michael Caitlin is run by Kennedy and Boden Testa and is a small lot winery focusing on premium vineyard sourcing. The cabernet is sourced from the top of Atlas Peak and is beautifully balanced with velvety tannins.