The aromas to this wine are very complex and brooding with blackcurrants, sage and spearmint. Souis bois and wet earth then turn to black fruits. Entrancing nose. This is full-bodied, yet tight and focused with compressed tannins and a long finish. Very intense volcanic sea salt to the wines. A much more subtle and mind-provoking style.
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, is a relatively powerful statement from the new owners. Dense ruby/purple in color, with an exceptional nose of crème de cassis, a touch of mulberry and spice. The oak is completely obscured by the lavish, concentrated, ripe fruit and multi-dimensional mid-palate that expands beautifully, but with no sense of heaviness. The wine is rich and full-bodied, but with velvety tannin and stunning purple and black fruits. This is a beauty, with savoriness that’s hard to articulate. The finish goes on for a good 45+ seconds. This is a beauty that’s velvety, opulent and capable of drinking well now or in 25 to 30+ years. Drink through 2046. (RP)
Bright ruby. High-pitched floral and medicinal notes perk up aromas of blackberry and cassis. Densely packed and sweet, but with a delightfully sappy quality and juicy, integrated acidity enlivening the middle palate. Sugar and phenolic ripeness were neck-and-neck at the time of the 2012 harvest, noted winemaker Nigel Kinsman. Very intense, long wine with noble tannins taking a back seat to the fruit today. (ST)
This delivers a gorgeous mix of rich, vibrant blackberry, wild berry, currant and cassis flavors, taut and firm, with chewy tannins and dusty, cedary earth details on the finish. Ends with a burst of black licorice and graphite. *Collectibles* (JL)
This vintage was apparently blended under the aegis of new director Frédéric Engerer of Ch Latour. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon for the first time since 1991 and 1992. The nose is already a miracle of subtlety and gorgeousness. Sweet and mineral, it has particularly refined tannins. Very sophisticated. 18.5/20 points. (JR)
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