2012 Textbook "Mise en Place" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1193247


RP 95 CG 91
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  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    I hesitate to call this a blockbuster because tasting it is so effortless and all the raw material falls into place so beautifully. This is smooth and velvety with abundant black cherry and blackberry fruit in the satin textured middle building to an intense finish with fine grip. Wines that seem this incredibly well made are usually fashioned more in the vineyard than the wine cellar and I suspect this micro production beauty is no exception. Connoisseurs take note: this is delicious with decanting but will only get better and better.
  • Mahon McGrath
    By: Mahon McGrath
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2012 “Mise en Place” greets you on the nose with charcoal, roasted cassis, huckleberry, and birch notes. Nicely focused, but ample and sweet, dusty plum and cassis flavors rub elbows here with Dutch cocoa, caraway, cumin, wintergreen, and a toasted coconut-caramel oak component. Despite the slightly indulgent nature of certain dimensions here, in the end, the wine finishes in a commendably dry fashion. While the tannins are tooth-coating yet, the evidence is all here that this will knit together nicely in a few years, and live for a good many more.
  • Michael Jordan
    By: Michael Jordan
    K&L Staff Member
    Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Opus One, Dalla Valle, Far Niente and Rudd. These are some of the names that make Oakville one of the most recognizable places to grow and vinify great Cabernet Sauvignon. An Oakville wine that should be recognized as superb in its own right is the 2012 Mise En Place from Textbook. Jonathan and Susan Pey are making great wine year after year but the 2012 has brought Mise En Place to a new level. Rich and ripe with beautiful black and blue fruit layered hints of cedar, vanilla, licorice and graphite. The tannins are very apparent but after two hours in a decanter, they soften wonderfully and bring great joy. Pound for pound this is the Oakville Cabernet to beat.
  • Amy Monroe
    By: Amy Monroe
    K&L Staff Member
    An excellent offering from Oakville's rocky soils. I have a feeling Textbook's "Mise en Place" will win a special place in the hearts of many a Cabernet lover because it hits all the right note - powerful and rich with enticing fruit and complexity. You just don't get all these qualities in every Cabernet. There's lots of blackberry fruit here, a broad textured mouthfeel, finely wrapped tannins and just a whiff of a roasted note on the finish. A word of advice, when you buy this, consider buying two. This wine has the stuffing to go the distance in the cellar, and years hence you'll be wishing you had another one.


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