Nose: The 2011 Èloge is one of the most elegant offerings of this wine to date. Lovely aromas of dark fruits, like black cherry, and plums mingle with licorice and cigar box spice, coffee, & hints of violet perfume. The Palate: The compelling aromas are followed by the palate with power and finesse. This polished, yet powerful wine promises to provide thrilling consumption for 30+ years. The length of the finish is remarkably long and satisfying. 2011 Vintage: 2011 in Napa started cool, and wet for those who bud earlier than we do here in Conn Valley. The summer brought cooler than normal temperatures, and then a wet & cool harvest season. We harvested long after the rains came and left, but that forced us to tighten the belt by dropping fruit both before & after the storms in order to get full maturation of the grapes, but at a heavy cost of yields. This is a vintage we are extremely excited about, it truly shows off how wonderful a spot we have in Conn Valley, and how skilled our team is at growing grapes and making wine.