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.
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.‰
99 Points Robert Parker- Flirting with perfection, the 2012 Dominus is composed of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Five thousand cases were produced, a relatively modest amount from this large vineyard’s big crop. Christian Moueix told me that there was plenty of heat in 2012, but there were no excessive hot spells that can plague Napa Valley vintners during the growing season and harvest. This wine’s opaque plum/purple color is accompanied by a beautiful nose of sweet crème de cassis, a touch of background oak (only 40% new oak is used), spice box, cedarwood, black cherries and a hint of spring flowers. The complex, intense aromatics are followed by a deep, opulent, multidimensional, full-bodied wine with not a hard edge to be found. Everything is seamlessly crafted in this beauty and the vintage’s abundant richness is well-displayed. This 2012 can be drunk in its exuberant youthfulness or cellared for another 20-25 years.
This 2011 bottling has not yet been professionally reviewed, but the 2010 garnered 95 points from Wine Advocate and 94 points from Wine Spectator. The wine is comprised of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec and was aged for 20 months in 71% new French oak barrels before bottling. From the winemaker: "The nose explodes with crushed and saut̩ed bramble fruit, cr̬me brulee, and a dusting of allspice. The palate is long and sexy, with silk smooth tannin and a lovely background note of toasty French oak. The vibrant acid backboneåÊcuts through its richness ending with a generously long finish.
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