2011 TateDog Cabernet Sauvignon

Barrel aged 30 months, smooth, velvet, balanced

200 cases


We feel this to be another best effort yet in our search for elegance combined with lusciousness. This is a small lot wine from our vineyard that we picked in mid October in what was a cool year. The fruit was in great shape with the dimpling that I look indicating full ripeness. We hand picked the rows we had selected at dawn two days after the full moon. The mostly clone 337 fruit with a bit of clone 15 was cool and the juice in the tank was ~25 brix. The other fruit chemistry was also well balanced with a 3.8 pH and 0.6 TA. We destemmed and cold soaked for 48 hours before fermenting in a small open top fermentor. The punchdown regime was twice daily. Claude inoculated with D-254 yeast. Our barrel blend was ~20% 2nd Hungarian Trust, 20% 2nd use American and 40% 2nd use French and 20% new Segun Morreau French so as not to overwhelm the fruit with oak. The wine was in barrel 30 months and introduced to barrel slightly sweet.


We find that the wine is opulent on entry with a velvet body with black and red fruits. It is great  for sipping alone or supping with meals.  The finish lingers nicely without being overwhelmed in tannins. We feel this is a wonderful, elegant, smooth well balanced wine. As it ages it will only get more smooth, though there is no reason to wait. We are getting great feedback from friends, consumers, trade and my associates in the industry. This vintage stands up well to our gold medal winning 2009 and 2010.

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6 Responses to 2011 TateDog Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. Ron Buchanan says:

    Live in southern CA.


  2. admin says:

    RON If your question is where to buy in SoCal, try the Wine Club in Santa Ana or Salt Creek Wine in Laguna Niquel or Televis in Santa Barabara. You can email me direct too. Cheers

  3. virginia scribner says:

    I had the pleasure of tasting Tate Dog Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon at Lunardis last weekend. The Chardonnay was lovely but the Cab was wonderful and I want more. I don’t think Lunardis carries Tate Dog Cab. Where can I get more?

  4. virginia scribner says:

    I forgot to mention I live in San Bruno CA.

  5. admin says:

    Virginia Thanks for the kudos, sorry it took so long as I happened to be in the midst of a computer switch!. Chris at Lunardis should be able to bring in more from the Danville store. We are in Canyon Market in the city which is pretty close. Please feel free to call me at 501 773 0905. Cheers

  6. admin says:

    And i forgot to mention that I do sell direct by the case to do call me as we are getting close to a vintage change.

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