The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon le Parrain is very impressive, and still very much in its infancy, unwinding in the glass with notes of cherry, cassis, sagebrush and anise, complemented by notions of tar and licorice with aeration. On the palate, it's full-bodied, multidimensional and complete, with huge savory depth and concentration. It's a fabulous wine with a long life ahead of it. (WK)
A small run of carefully selected barrels that offers regal blackcurrant and herb cabernet character with plenty of cedary oak. This has a very polished and symmetrical tannin architecture with long, ripe dark berries that hold fresh. Some earthy nuances starting to creep in. Long, sustained finish. Drink for another decade and more.
(100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Kiona and Ciel du Cheval vineyards on Red Mountain; aged for 20 months in all new French barriques, mostly from Taransaud and Seguin-Moreau): Deep medium ruby. Very pure, alluring aromas of black cherry, cassis, brown spices, menthol, herbs and black olive. Offers a rare combination of seamless mouth feel, serious weight and outstanding energy, conveying powerful vinosity to the flavors of dark fruits, spices and dark chocolate. Finishes with big but refined tannins, fully buffered by the wine's very high 30 grams/liter dry extract. Incredibly dense, large-scaled, classic Cabernet with outstanding palate presence and length. This special bottling was only made previously in vintage 2005, when it was Betz's first-ever 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine. "It's got to be better and different," said Betz. "And we won't bottle this fruit separately if that meant compromising our regular wine." (ST)
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