The 2011 La Carte was tasted directly next to the 2012 La Carte. Two totally different wines (not much of a surprise given the contrast in vintages); it was difficult for the 2011 to compete with the 2012's vibrancy and plush, pulsating fruit flavors. However, on its own, the 2011 is an amazingly approachable, enjoyable, and complete wine.
Cool blue and black berry notes, with hints of wet slate, graphite, and loam. I did not get any real vegetal notes from this wine (which is a good thing), and found myself wishing I had more time to spend with the 2011 without the competing palate-fatiguing blasts of the other more-fruit driven reds in the lineup (not that I'm complaining about getting to try a variety of Pott wines!!). It is just the kind of wine you want to slowly sip while sitting by the fireplace for an hour or two, reading a good book or watching some cheesy PBS show on art history or something.
In the end, my experience with the 2011 La Carte was a 93+, with even more room to evolve given an opportunity to spend some hand-holding time with it over the course of a few hours. For those who have a few bottles, I'd recommend starting out with a 30 minute decant and following over the course of a couple of hours.
Pop and pour, drunk over 3 hours. A few winemakers really did well in 2011. That is not to say, they are their best wines ever, but they produced excellent wines that don't need a disclaimer. Pott's wines seem to be some of them. The biggest difference about the 11's is how accessible they are young. Purple in color. I believe this is a Merlot/Cab Franc blend. The nose has plums, dark cherries, dried tobacco and spice. Great texture. Very drinkable. Some tannins but they integrate nicely. On the palate, plums and cassis and dark cherries. Nice balance. Delicious. Bottle is drained quickly.
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