The inky/purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mise en Place comes from the rocky east side of Oakville, and spent 24 months in French oak. Playing it closer to the vest than its siblings, with coaxing, it reveals some extraordinarily ripe, rich blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with hints of charcoal, scorched earth and wet rocks. It has tremendous upside potential, but at present it is the least flattering of the Textbook Cabernets. Full-bodied and powerful, it should turn out to be a beauty, but buyers should plan on deferring their gratification for 2-4 years. Watch the magic unfold over the following two decades. (RP)
**Two Stars** Here is a Cabernet that warrants attention not for drama or bombast but for its fine focus and very articulate Cabernet voice instead. Its principal message is one of slightly succulent, yet very vital, ripe currant fruit to which is tastefully tied just the right degree of sweet oak, and, even while an open and inviting wine right now, it surprises by showing increasing solidity and proper varietal grip as it goes. It is tasty stuff, to be sure, but we fully expect that it will be tastier and more interesting yet some half-dozen years down the line.
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