The vibrant, varied aromas of ripe red cherry, red currant and
raspberry sing from the glass of this deep ruby wine, followed by wisps of sweet
cinnamon, fine cocoa and caramelized sugar.
Ripe and voluptuous, the palate overflows
with fruit flavors of red cherry preserves, cassis and cherry cordial that give way to
hints of creamy mocha, rich caramel and cinnamon sugar. Silky, supple tannins and
bright acidity provide structure and balance the lengthy finish.
With consistently mild temperatures throughout
spring and summer, 2012 was a stellar vintage in Napa Valley, allowing slow, even
ripening and yielding exquisite, balanced fruit.
The fruit for this wine was harvested at
an optimal level of ripeness in early October. The berries were hand-harvested at night,
carefully sorted and destemmed to tank, where fermentation took place.
Racked to 60% new French oak barrels, where it was aged for 18 months prior to
Both elegant and exuberant, this Cabernet would make a fine partner to a
traditional, hearty bistro dish, such as steak frites or coq au vin over buttery noodles.
For a cheese course that is sure to impress, try serving this wine alongside Grana
Padano, a hard, aged cheese from Italy.