Gabrielle Collection

Equilateral 2011

An Artistic Expression of Cabernet Sauvignon Handcrafted by Gabrielle

SMALL PRODUCTION DISTINCTIVE CABERNET SAUVIGNONS

The Gabrielle Collection is a winery that produces a collection of handcrafted Cabernet Sauvignons, which bring out the diverse personalities of the noble Cabernet grape through artful blending. Each wine has a distinctive label that symbolizes a specific aspect of Winemaker, Gabrielle Leonhard O’Connell, philosophy: taste the vintage, varietal character and sense of place through the winemaker’s artistic point of view to create artful blended, food driven, and exquisitely balanced wines.

EQUILATERAL CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE GROWN OAK KNOLL DISTRICT OF NAPA VALLEY 2011

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

The Wine

EQUILATERAL expresses the balanced triangle of the wine experience: beautiful aromas…a rich mid-palette of complex fruitiness playing against elegantly structured tannins…a lingering finish. The perfect triangle- Equilateral- symbolizes Gabrielle ideal. The 2011 vintage was a cooler climate year and we dropped over 50% of our fruit to allow the hanging fruit to achieve ripening. The lower yield concentrated the flavors of the grape bunches to create a Bordeaux style Cabernet that is a beautiful food wine.

Tasting Notes

This wine is a bold experience with sensual depth and richness- wild blackberries and savory flavors with notes of cedar and spice.

Vineyards

The vintage highlight is the first time addition of our award winning O’Connell Family Estate Creek Block Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend of Napa Valley Cabernet vineyards. Our cool climate Estate Cabernet from the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley lent a deep structure and complexity, beautifully complementing the warmer climate Rutherford vineyard and elegant mountain fruit on Diamond Mountain.

Food Pairing

Grilled lamb finished with lavender honey mustard sauce, elk with a classic bordelaise sauce, Stroganoff, filet mignon with GC Cabernet Sea Salt and Lavender Tellichery Pepper.

Oak Program

Barrel aged in French Oak 30 months.

Case Production

285

Cellaring

Drinkable now. Age worthy 1.5+ years with good cellar conditions