Vintage 2011 was a crazy challenge. It was a shy producing, relatively cool year, later ripening,and with a rot-potential rain in early October. Ah the vagaries of farming. Following the bumper crop of 2010, our Lakeside vines set only a third the amount if fruit in 2011, just 1.3 tons per acre, yielding just one quarter of our final wine blend.For the balance of this bottling we appealed to our favorite Eastern Paso growers, the Plummers, for tonnage of their structured Cab Sauv clones 337 and 191. Our Bianchi 2011 bottling captures all of this, deeper flavors of tobacco, clove, coco, green peppercorn and leather from the barrel-aged Plummer fruit, with hints of dark blackberry and cherry from our clone 8 Estate fruit. These layers of flavors are supported by fine and supple tannins derived from the well matured skins of the late October harvested fruit and 26 months of barrel-age gave ample time for the marriage of grape flavors with spicy French oak, even more layers of flavors.