(2011 Vintage) A superb vintage for many varieties, Cabernet grew particularly well in 2012. We observed the typical tremendous quality from our hillside blocks but with higher yields than we’ve ever observed. While this still meant less than 3 tons per acre on the slopes, it permitted us the unusual opportunity to explore a near 100% Cabernet blend. Working to use the restraint we enjoyed from 2011, we explored the natural variation Star Lane Vineyard creates in Cabernet to provide a palette of colors for blending. This wine represents a cross section of several blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon from multiple elevations, slopes, and aspects. Fermented without commercial yeast, handling gently to place reigns on Star Lane’s structure, we worked to promote a transparent, structured wine.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesBy Dierberg. Even if a little ripe-leaning and at times seeming a bit softer than the classic Cabernet model commends, this wine is very much on track as far as fairly deep and well-defined fruit is concerned. It starts out as an open and ripe wine and shows some fat early on, but it is buttressed by plenty of tannin, and its finish is tough enough to commend at least a half-dozen years in the cellar.