Napa Valley Reserve 2012
Mother Nature framed the 2012 growing season with above-average precipitation in Napa Valley, with Spring rains ending in May and resuming in late October. The season was slightly cooler than normal, testing the skills of vineyard managers as they sought to speed up the ripening process. The harvest season was brought to a quick close in late October by an advancing Pacific storm system. Overall, tonnage was off by as much as 20% but vintners were pleased with the quality of the crop.
Well-established hillside vineyards (Rutherford, Oakville) are the foundation of this wine, giving the finished blend its intense inner core of fruit.
The grapes were hand picked at optimum ripeness. Following destemming, the grapes were stainless steelfermented and received extended skin contact before being transferred to barrels. The wine was aged in small French oak barrels for 25 months (100% new barrels) where the wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked prior to bottling.
With its Bordeaux-like presence, this wine is deep, rich, and lingering. Firm, integrated tannins frame the concentrated, dark fruit (currant, black cherry, wild berry, plum.) Toasty oak and an earthy edge add to the wine’s great complexity.
Ratings & Reviews
"Made in an approachable, drink-me-now style, this Cab flatters with its wealth of blackberries, cherries, currants, licorice and oak. It has rich, luxurious tannins and is full-bodied and dry."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Buying Guide, March 2014 Download PDF
"Medium-dark ruby; deep, rich, cassis and blackberry fruit aroma and hints of mint and wet stone; medium-full to full body; rich, textured, red currant and dark cherry flavors with a trace of vanilla and a supple mouthfeel; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now."
- California Grapevine, December 2013 Download PDF
• Varietal Composition: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
• Appellation: Napa Valley
• Alcohol: 14.7%
• TA: 0.61 g/100ml
• pH: 3.83
• Oak Aging: 25 months
• Oak Cooperage French oak, 100% new
• Production: 1,074 cases
• Bottling Date: March 21, 2013