WINEMAKER: PIERRE SEILLAN
VARIETAL:100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Knights Valley
ELEVATION: 750 feet
AGING: 15 months, 100% new French oak barrels
Wine Rating 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (10/2015)
92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(5/2014)
92 points Vinous (1/2015)
"The 2012s are the most showy and forward of the three vintages, which is not surprising, since the vintage is flamboyant and they are already three years of age. Even as impressive, but showing more truffles, charcoal, graphite and camphor, along with blackberry and cassis, is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota (1,017 cases). This wine shows even more fruit than its sibling and is bigger, bolder and slightly broader across the palate. All these wine are highly recommended and are brilliant efforts, but will probably need coaxing and patience in the cellar, given their rather bigger-than-life styles and richness. The winemaker behind the Anakota high-elevation mountain vineyard sites in Knights Valley is no other than Pierre Seillan, the Bordelais guru who makes the fabulous wines of V̩rit̩ from the same proprietor, the Jackson family. There are two cuv̩es from various elevations in Knights Valley, the lower elevation called Helena Montana and the higher site, the Helena Dakota. Production of these cuv̩es ranges from the smallest in 2013, with just over 500 cases of each produced, jumping to 700-800 in 2014 and a whopping 1,000-1,300 in 2012 -the most generous of the three vintages. These are all 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% French oak and are meant for long, long-term aging. I would suggest that these may be, potentially, the longest-lived wines being made in Knights Valley..." (RP) (10/2015)
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The 2014 California harvest was one of the earliest in a decade and the third great harvest in a row. A mild winter and spring led to early bud break with very few frost days; summer was moderate which allowed the grapes to evenly ripen. Our 2014 Cabernet shows great color, a nice nose with hints of vanilla and a mild and smooth finish.
Avalon CAB reflects the best of Cabernet Sauvignon from the following three wine regions:
On the rim: deep ruby with garnet and royal red on the rim
On the nose: beautiful subtle notes of dark fruit like cassis, dark cherries, with touches of tarragon, thyme, cured Bresaola and saw dust
On the palate: velvety soft entrance with touches of cedar, vanilla, blackberry jam, touches of plums, tomato, dark cherry, lingering on granular dense tannins that show amazing balance, lingering on violet and dark chocolate
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