Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

(80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Tannat)

(100% Tranquility Vineyard)


Only available in the 2014 Boneyard Packages HERE!



This stuff is insane!  It is like the wine was made by angels listening to Metallica.  While the wine is perfectly balanced and shows great elegance and charming fruit, it is packed with a mean streak with vibrant acidity and mouth filling tannins.  Rock it now if you must, but this stuff will also be pretty cool in you cellar for a bit.

Food Pairing:

Go to the store right now!!!  Buy a big juicy Striploin.  Come home and fire up that grill.  While it’s getting searing hot, sauté up some Shitake mushrooms, cream some spinach and bake a Yukon Gold potato.  Then sear that steak to perfection.  Throw it all on a plate in your own awesome fashion, pour a glass of Boneyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the decanter and enjoy bliss!


The Cabernet Sauvignon is a selection of the barrels we got from this great site.  The wine is aged in exclusively New Virginia Oak after fermentation on indigenous yeast.  The grapes were all cold soaked for up to 8 days for good color, tannin and flavor extraction from the skins prior to the presence of alcohol.  The fermentations were fairly quick and warm having their peak temperatures range anywhere from 82-92 degrees Fahrenheit.  The total time the wine spent on the skins ranged from about 27 days to 29 days.  The wines elevage in barrel was 18 months and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Vineyard Information:

Tranquility Vineyard is a seven acre vineyard planted in 1999 by its owners: Al and Mary Taylor.  Set in the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont, the vineyard sits at about 510 feet above sea level.  The original planting included 4 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by one acre of Tannat in 2005.  The final planting was about 1 and 3/4 acres of Pinot Gris in 2007.  The soils are primarily comprised of “Pennsylvania Silt Loam”, are very nutritionally rich and very rocky as well.  The majority of the rows run in a North/South direction, with just one acre that runs East/West.  Tannat, Pinot Gris and half of the Cabernet Sauvignon use a Vertical Shoot Trellis system, while the other half of the Cabernet Sauvignon is on a modified “Smart Dyson” system.  The fall of the land is outstanding for both air and water drainage, making it a great location for a vineyard.  The grapes have never been irrigated and thus have very deep roots, making them more drought resistant.

The Cabernet and Tannat have gained the most attention in the last 5 years, being sold to wineries that have produced award winning wines from them, thus putting them in high demand.  In 2005 Ben Renshaw took over the management of the vineyard and has maintained it ever since.  Now Tranquility Vineyard is being leased entirely by Tarara Winery with Ben still managing.  We are lucky enough that they will get us some fruit.

Harvest Conditions:

The 2011 was one where the winemakers earned their pay check.  The Virginia 2011 harvest will always be remembered as one of the wettest with being hit by both Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  That said it sounds much worse than it was.  The entire summer leading up to the harvest time was hot and bone dry which had the grapes ripening at extreme levels almost like 2010.  That meant there are some wines made with fabulous ripe flavors and great tannin ripeness, but they tend to be on a more light to medium body frame with more moderate alcohol levels.

At Boneyard Wines we actually benefited from some of this odd whether.  While some shied away from the challenge, we hit it head on.  We were able to secure fruit from some of the very best vineyards that still pulled of some great fruit.  All these wines greatly benefited from having the best blocks and fruit leading to a vintage of finesse and subtlety.