The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Tin Box, from a tiny site nestled among what many observers consider the most pedigreed part of Oakville, is utterly magnificent. Explosive and structured on the palate, the Tin Box hits the palate with intense blue and black fruit, spices, mocha, savory herbs, new leather and rose petal, but it is the wine's complexity and huge, eternal finish that stand out above all else. Readers who own the Tin Box can look forward to 15-20 years of absolutely thrilling drinking. This is a stunningly beautiful wine from Russell Bevan. (AG)
Aged in Taransaud (75%) and Darnajou (25%) oak, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Tin Box is more backward than the perfect 2011 was last year, but it reveals similar decadence, opulence and velvety texture. Its opaque blue/black/purple color is followed by a stunning perfume of white chocolate, spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, and an unctuous, massive mouthfeel. It should age effortlessly for two decades or more. (RP)
Just the right amount of ripe, juicy blackberry and licorice gives this wine vitality and enough suppleness midpalate on to push past the tannins, which turn cedary and gravelly. Drink now through 2024. (JL)
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