The fabulous 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is virtually all 100% new oak-aged Cabernet Sauvignon. A dense purple color is accompanied by smoky barbecue, charcoal, crème de cassis, coffee, chocolate and graphite notes. Full-bodied, opulent, fleshy and sensual, it can be consumed over the next 10-15 years. This tiny 3-acre vineyard high in the Vaca Mountains, above the well-known luxury resort of Meadowood, boasts Aaron Pott as their winemaking consultant. The wines are fabulous, but, sadly, there are rarely more than 300 cases produced in each vintage. (RP)
One of the richest and densest wines of the year, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of pure impact and body. The 2012 is going to need quite a bit of time to develop its aromatic complexity and nuance. Today it is the wine's texture and heft that dominate, but my sense is that this will look quite different once the 2012 has had another few months in barrel. (AG)
Bright red-ruby. Reserved blackberry and menthol aromas suggest a powerful wine. Dense and tactile on the palate; fatter, deeper and chewier than the 2011 but the dark berry and truffle flavors are still brooding and youthfully monolithic. The tannins are riper than those of the 2011 but still dusty and substantial. The original acre of Cabernet Sauvignon was planted here in 1996; this is the first vintage to include a bit of juice from a 2007 planting. (ST)
An ultraripe style that pushes ripeness to the edge of prune without going over the top. Offers opulent and extracted plum, blackberry, blueberry and jam flavors, ending with ripe berry notes and extracted tannins. Drink now through 2028. (JL)
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2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $30)