2012 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

2012 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

This Cabernet Sauvignon was produced primarily from grapes sourced from Oakville Ranch Vineyard, sitting at 1000 to 1400 feet above sea level with a westward aspect overlooking Napa Valley. The vineyard was replanted in 2006 by esteemed organic viticulturist Phil Coturri, and is fast gaining a reputation for producing some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. The sprinkling of clay over volcanic rocks, high elevation and western exposure combine to produce powerful, rich, structured wines.

For winemakers, the 2012 vintage offered near-perfect conditions to pick the grapes at optimum ripeness for a classic style of Napa Valley wine. This wine spent nearly four weeks fermenting on skins to ensure that the tannins and fruit flavors were balanced. It is elegant, energetic and pleasurable. Vivid flavors of blackberry, raspberry and mocha persist, with hints of graphite. It is notably complex and focused, ending with a robust long finish.

First Vintage: 2011 Release: Fall Cases Produced: 300 $79.00

This Cabernet Sauvignon was produced primarily from grapes sourced from Oakville Ranch Vineyard, sitting at 1000 to 1400 feet above sea level with a westward aspect overlooking Napa Valley. The vineyard was replanted in 2006 by esteemed organic viticulturist Phil Coturri, and is fast gaining a reputation for producing some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. The sprinkling of clay over volcanic rocks, high elevation and western exposure combine to produce powerful, rich, structured wines.

For winemakers, the 2012 vintage offered near-perfect conditions to pick the grapes at optimum ripeness for a classic style of Napa Valley wine. This wine spent nearly four weeks fermenting on skins to ensure that the tannins and fruit flavors were balanced. It is elegant, energetic and pleasurable. Vivid flavors of blackberry, raspberry and mocha persist, with hints of graphite. It is notably complex and focused, ending with a robust long finish.

First Vintage: 2011 Release: Fall Cases Produced: 300 $79.00

Accolades

93 points – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
90 points – Wine Spectator

Oakville Vineyard

Oakville, Napa Valley

At 1,000 to 1,400 feet above sea level, the Oakville Ranch Vineyard looks west over Napa Valley. This high elevation and western exposure, in combination with soils of clay over volcanic rock, produce the rich, powerfully structured wines that make the vineyard one of the most sought-after in California for Cabernet Sauvignon.

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