Napa Valley 2012
2012 proved to be a perfect growing season in Napa Valley. Near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool nights provided textbook conditions for the vines. Optimum ripeness was easily achieved, bringing exceptional quality into the cellar. The wines are showing a smooth balance of acids and sugars, great depth of color, and beautiful aromatics. Yields were near-normal in quantity.
Well-established hillside vineyards are the foundation of this wine, giving the finished blend its intense inner core of fruit. The complexity and balance of this vintage was achieved through diverse sourcing.
Following destemming, the hand-picked grapes were stainless steel-fermented and received extended skin contact before being transferred to barrels. The wine was aged in small French oak barrels for 21 months (80% 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.
Press & Acclaim
91 points - 2011 Vintage
"Subtle and fruity with refined tannins and a delicate finish. This is medium-bodied, with polished, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Always among the best value in outstanding, drinkable Napa Valley Cabernet. Drink now."
- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2014 Download PDF
92 points - 2010 Vintage
"I almost mistook this for an outstanding 2010 Bordeaux, but it's Waterstone, which always offers excellent value for Napa Cab. A juicy and fruity red with plenty of blueberry and vanilla character. Yet it's subtle and reserved. It's full body with a velvety texture and a long, harmonious and succulent finish. Delicious and lively. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling, Tasting Report, February 2014 Download PDF
90 points - 2010 Vintage
"Dark and lush with plum, minerals and toasty oak; leafy, dense, supple with good acid structure; long and balanced. "
- Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, December 2013 Download PDF
93 points - 2009 Vintage
"This is amazing value in California Cab. Itís hard to believe. Aromas of fresh herbs with currants and blueberries as well as mint. It's full body with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of fruit but not overdone and not over alcoholic. Drink and don't worry."
- James Suckling, Tasting Report, June 2012 Download PDF
92 points - 2007 Vintage
"Lots of freshness in this with spices, ripe berries, currants, and chocolate cake. Full and velvety on the palate, with ripe tannins and a long round finish. Lots going on. Find the wine."
- James Suckling, Tasting Report, February 2011 Download PDF
"An exceptional value for a hillside Cabernet that's balanced with ripe plum, herbal and cedar notes."
- Bon Appétit, February 2011 Download PDF
Very Highly Recommended - 2005 Vintage
"Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, cedary, plumy, cassis and black cherry fruit aroma with a hint of cocoa; full body; forward, rich, textured, layered, slightly herbaceous, dark currant and ripe berry flavors with notes of green olive and sweet oak; velvety mouthfeel; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Good Value. Very highly recommended."
- California Grapevine, December 2008 - January 2009 Download PDF
• Varietal Composition: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
• Appellation: Napa Valley
• Alcohol: 14.8%
• TA: 0.60 g/100ml
• pH: 3.75
• Oak Aging: 21 months
• Oak Cooperage: French oak, 80% new
• Production: 7,852 cases
• Bottling Date: August 19-22, 2014