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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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.
This deep, garnet-colored Cabernet blend shows our characteristic dusty, earthy, minerality in the nose, joined by notes of mocha, black cherry and violets. Higher tones of red cherry, ripe red berries and pomegranate blend with white lilac and jasmine, at first sip, leading to smooth espresso, blackberry, wet river rock and mandarin orange spice in the mid-palate. A touch of rich rhubarb compote accompanies the velvety tannins on the very long, dynamic finish.
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.
92 Points Robert Parker - Former Russian Olympic and professional hockey player Valeri Bure has hired Luc Morlet to fashion these 100% Cabernet Sauvignon cuv̩es from cuttings from the Margaux clone (which is also present in the Bosch̩ Vineyard of Freemark Abbey). The Estate wine comes from St. Helena, the Duration from the Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper and To Kalon vineyards, and the Thirteen is from St. Helena. The 2012s and 2013s are very impressive wines, possessing both complexity and richness.
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.
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