Forman - Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


These wines resemble the wines of Bordeaux more than any other in the Napa Valley.

Forman Vineyard was founded in 1983 to fulfill a dream of producing, as a sole proprietor, small quantities of classically made Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

"Influenced early on by the wines and winemaking practices of the Bordeaux region of France, I have consistently sought a similar perfection for the wines of Forman Vineyard. If I had to choose two words which embody the character of Forman Vineyard wines they would be finesse and elegance.

As a sole proprietor, I have the luxury of personally nurturing the wines during every stage of production – from harvest, through blending, bottling and aging. In an age of anonymous ownership, this type of hands-on approach to winemaking is growing ever rarer. For me, it is the only way great wines can be crafted and made to share with an appreciative few.

Thank you for your interest in Forman Vineyard. I am anxious to share with you my passion for winemaking through the pages of our website and enthusiastically welcome you." Ric Forman, Proprietor

"The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous wine. Orange peel, spice, mint, cedar, tobacco and wild cherry give the 2011 a super distinctive, exotic profile. Deep and layered, the 2011 possesses superb richness and resonance. I loved the 2011 when it was first released and feel exactly the same way today. Ric Forman waited in 2011; this fruit was brought in at 26 Brix, which is to say on the riper side within the context of what is typical here." - 93 points, Antonio Galloni Vinous

"I last tasted the 2011 Forman cabernet sauvignon back in the late spring of 2014 and liked the wine very much. It is typically ripe for this bottling these days, coming in at 14.5 percent, as Ric decided to wait out the rains that came in early September and pick on the back half of the harvest season. It would have been interesting to see what he might have made if he picked the grapes early, as they were probably in that twenty-two or twenty-three Brix range at that point, which was where he picked his cabernet in his first few vintages at Sterling all those years ago. In any case, at age seven, the wine is evolving very gracefully and now offers up a beautifully precise bouquet of sweet dark berries, cassis, cigar wrapper, dark soil tones, a hint of currant leaf, discreet new wood and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and quite light on its feet, with a lovely core, fine complexity and soil signature, moderate, suave tannins and a long, focused and very well-balanced finish. I have liked this vintage since day one and the wine is evolving very well indeed." - 94 points, John Gilman


Producer: Forman

Country: USA

Region: California

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot

Appellation: Napa Valley

Vintage: 2011

Size: 750ml