VARIETAL: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon,7% Petite Sirah, 3% Malbec,2% Cabernet Franc
APPELATION: North Coast
WINEMAKER: Greg Kitchens
Alcohol14.5% åÊPh3.56 åÊTA6.2 g/L
Our 2014 Aquinas Cabernet Sauvignon represents the quintessential elegance that is a well-balanced North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. Exhibiting complex layers of cassis, black cherry, and tobacco leaf balanced with hints of graphite and bitter cocoa nibs that create the full body and smooth finish. The Petit Verdot added to the blend bolsters not only the color and complexity of this wine, but also brings a light and fruity flavor to the table. The Malbec‰۪s aroma of leather and tobacco as well as smoky finish help to balance out this Cabernet Sauvignon to a point of perfection. Roasted lamb and rosemary fingerling potatoes, grilled cheese with gruy̬re cheese, thyme and shallots, and cr̬me brÌÈl̩e make the perfect mates to this luxurious wine.
Our 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the best appellations in California‰۪s North Coast. The North Coast AVA (American Viticultural Area) is one of California's premier wine-growing regions, covering more than three million acres in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake counties, as well as parts of Marin and Solano. Bordered by the Pacic Ocean to the west and San Pablo Bay to the south, the area is composed of rugged coastal ranges, volcanic mountains, gentle rolling hills, deep valleys and wide alluvial plains. With tremendous diversity in soil types and microclimates, the North Coast produces grapes that are deeply influenced by terroir, infusing the wines with character and a unique sense of place that can't be found anywhere else in the world.
With another year in the record books, the 2014 vintage came in at the third-largest grape harvest ever, down eight percent from the previous year. A mild winter and spring with drought conditions persisting, bud break occurred early. From southern to northern California winemakers have stated that it was an even earlier harvest then years before, starting with sparkling grapes in July and ending mid-October for later ripening varieties. Despite the drought, California will produce another great vintage. Arid conditions have given the grapes a chance to struggle, which thins out the vines and allows the clusters to gain concentration of flavor, intensity and complexity.
92 points, Robert Parker,-The impressive 2012 Reserve Tapestry, a blend of Bordeaux varietals, is more elegant and slightly less intense than the Private Reserve. It offers up sweet black cherry fruit notes intermixed with licorice, spice box and dusty, loamy soil undertones. Medium to full-bodied and deep with loads of ripe fruit, low acidity and sweet, velvety tannins, it can be enjoyed over the next decade.
Wine Rating 91 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Beringer Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Napa Valley, Napa Valley
Red wine from United States
Drinking window: 2016 - 2024
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a blend from a handful of sites, is outstanding. Racy and pliant, with tons of vintage 2012 resonance, the Cabernet Sauvignon impresses for its overall balance. The flavors are bright, floral and energetic throughout, with lovely palate presence and tons of near-term appeal." -Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: October 2014
Beringer's Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted to reflect the Napa Valley appellation, but with stylistic differences from the Private Reserve – differences that highlight the range of terroir found in our Napa Valley vineyards. Possessing great structure and concentration, this wine is still immediately approachable and appealing.
Wine Rating 98, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve comes in a unique bottle that is similar to the special bottle used by Joseph Phelps for their Insignia (which reminds me of a grenade). A blockbuster superstar, this inky/purple-hued 2012 is filled with crème de cassis, blueberry and mulberry fruit that hides any notion of its oak aging. Opulent, voluptuously textured, multilayered and stunningly rich with a finish that lasts 45+ seconds, this magnificent Cabernet should age effortlessly for two decades or more. But who can wait that long? Not me." -RP
A robust nose of black cherry, red currants, sandalwood, and fresh tobacco leaf dance from the glass. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its pedigree with an ethereal silky entrance, backed by firm tannins, and a generous palate of blackberry, red currant, graphite, and cocoa, all seamlessly woven together.
92 Points Antonio Galloni- Following my rave review of Clos du Val's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, I was curious to taste the wine again from multiple sources, which we do at Vinous from time to time. I purchased two bottles at retail, while another two bottles were sent by the winery. I encountered quite a bit of variation. The best bottle was sweet, silky and perfumed, with plenty of crème de cassis, blueberry jam, spice and new leather. I scored that bottle (purchased from a merchant in New York) 94. Other bottles presented a more red fruit-leaning profile, less mid-palate generosity and drier tannins. I rated those bottles 92. In 2013, Clos du Val made 33,800 cases (405,600 bottles) of their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a significant amount of wine. Clos du Val bottled the 2013 over a two week period, and the passage of time has resulted in some amount of bottle variation. This review reflects the lowest score among the various bottles I have tasted so far. For the money, the 2013 is still a terrific value in Napa Valley Cabernet, but the bottom line is that there is also a noticeable amount of bottle variation.
‰ÛÏ2012 Counterpoint entices with aromas of chocolate covered cherries, vanilla and honeysuckle. The lush flavors are punctuated by blackberries, sweet tobacco and an elusive floral note. The wine has beautiful concentration, depth and minerality, with a subtle, spiciness in the finish and firm, round dusty tannins.‰
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