(2011 Vintage) The nearly textbook conditions of 2012 presented very few challenges starting this almost ideal growing season with a mild spring, healthy bud break, steady flowering and even fruit set. Summer ushered in warm days and cool, frequently foggy, nights; Fall had beautiful warm temperatures, with very few heat spikes. The bountiful fruit enjoyed long, slow ripening resulting in highly developed and expressive flavors. Light rainfall arrived after we had harvested optimally ripe fruit. The 2012 vintage is marked by wines of exceptional balance, captivating aromatics and are succulent on the palate. Immensely enjoyable in their youth, these wines are cellar-worthy and will gratify for the long term.
International Wine CellarRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 114, May/June 2004 ($115) Full ruby-red. Aromas of currant, plum, chocolate, black cherry, mint, mocha, licorice and herbs. Lush, rich and sweet, with a mouth-caressing texture but also noteworthy energy. Quite full and suave. The dusty, fine tannins arrive late, allowing the currant and lightly herbal flavors to open nicely on the back. Rather sophisticated cabernet, with plenty of structure for aging.
Wine AdvocateRating: (90-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 142 on Aug-02
Robert ParkerRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 150
Wine SpectatorRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator