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Toasted Head Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Wine Review

Toasted Head Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Toasted Head Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

North Coast, California, United States

Community Score:88/100

Community Reviews: 8

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Price: $19.95

Drink: 2013-2016

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Toasted Head

Agent: Arterra Wines Canada Inc.

Natalie's Score: 90/100

Mocha-coffee goodness wraps around black fruit and smoke aromas. Full-bodied and smooth with a nice grip. Decant for a 1 hour. This wine is usually aged for 18-20 months in French and American oak. There's a great grip (and growl) in this robust, chest-beating red for wild game.

Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: barbecued gourmet sausages, avocado and papaya salad, Asian chicken salad, autumn hodge-podge, pork tenderloin.

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This Toasted Head Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 was reviewed on November 23, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

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Darlene Myers - CAPS Student rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

You might think this 2011 Toasted Head Cabernet from California might taste young, but you'd be mistaken. No surprise with aromas and flavors of toasted oak, after all it's how they got the name. But there are also rich aromas and flavors of dark fruit, smoke, and some spice. This wine can tackle beef or a nice juicy steak done on the grill
Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Bursting with cherry and dark fruit aromas. The palate offers cherry, blackberry, vanilla and spice.
Sean O'Regan - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Oct 5, 2014L Deep ruby/purple, nose of currant, blackberry, baking spice and some herb and earthy notes. Smooth silky palate with ripe but not raisined fruit, and thankfully not overly sweet. Wood is well managed, and nice balance overal with enough structure to drink over the next 2-3 years with braised beef/lamb/pork dishes.
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Bright cherry, blackberry, red currant, some vanilla and spice on the nose. Ripe red fruit, plums, oak, and pronounced but not overwheming tannins on the palate. Longer finish. This wine would stand up to grilled beef or pork.
Julia Kelada rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

This is quite a refined wine.
On the nose fruit tones of blueberries, black berries and cherries. Crab apple fruits and earthy tones.
On the palate this presents itself as a woody wine before it releases the fruits of cherries and plums. The fruits marry so well together that it is almost like eating a mixed berry fruit pie. Nutmeg and Cinnamon step forward as the spice notes before mocha introduces itself and rounds up with sweet/tart tobacco leaves. Good velvety tannins and ends with a vanilla note. A good dry end.
Perfect with Duck or Lamb.
Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Blackberry, plum, cedar, and coffee aromas with a touch of eucalyptus. Gripy tannins and a touch of sour berries in the taste, wih a long tart and tannic finnish. This is a great, hearty wine for a winter meal of roast beef.
Jane LeFresne reviewed this wine as follows:

A nice blend of aromas. Cherry, plum, blackberry and coffee with some baking spices.

Flavours of cherry, mocha and raspberry with a touch of spice.
The name Toasted Head derives from toasting of the top and bottom wooden circles of the oak barrel (by fire) to yield a toastier taste than just toasting the barrel sides or staves. Source: Winery

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