2012 Lewis Cellars "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1195172


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K&L Notes

This is a sure thing for those of you looking for a top 2012 Napa Cabernet. In this highly-regarded California vintage, Randy and Debbie Lewis continue to impress us with their ability to produce intense, powerful wines that seamlessly match decadence with elegance. Expect this to get huge reviews as the press gets a chance to taste and review it. The 2009 and 2010 scored 94 and 96 points, respectively, with Wine Spectator, and even 93 for the slightly less full-throttle 2011. "The big wine is back," says Lewis Cellars in their tasting note for this new release: "Running on high-octane aromas and built on an iron block with deep reserves of black fruit this 100% Cabernet blend delivers 700 horsepower at the wheels. Coming off idle the nose slowly explodes with sappy dark and rustic berries, clove, cedar, and sweet oak spices. Forged, ripe fruit pistons pump out the power for miles until finally finishing with an impressive band of ported and polished tannins. Motor must be warmed-up before driving!"

Staff Reviews

  • Michael Jordan
    By: Michael Jordan
    K&L Staff Member
    Big, bright and intense Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with plenty of cedar, vanilla and clove. This is a giant of a wine that can drink early or hold for 3-5 years.
  • Trey Beffa
    By: Trey Beffa
    K&L Staff Member
    Nearly black in color, this concentrated Cabernet is loaded with dark black cherry fruit, licorice, and graphite, with hints of smoke and mocha flavors that linger on the finish. Despite this wine’s size and depth; it is remarkably round, supple and fresh. Tannins are big but ripe and integrated. Patience will be rewarded for those who can put this bottle away for 5-10 years but I doubt many bottles will make it that long, as this wine shows so well even at this young age. One of the best 2012 Cabernets we have had in the store so far!


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