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2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Arguably the most important red wine grape in the world, a distinguished Cabernet Sauvignon is one of life’s great pleasures.  We choose our Cabernet sites carefully:  warm days with lots of sunshine, cool nights to preserve the balance of the fruit, well-drained soils, and gentle slopes.  These elements allow us to produce exceptional Cabs year in and year out.  Our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is intense and focused, with a rich, concentrated core of blackberry and blueberry fruit, complemented by notes of chocolate and fresh tarragon on the finish.  The balance of fruit, acidity and well-integrated tannins make this an ideal drink-now companion to fine cuisine, while aging will only enhance the layers and complexity.  

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The Cabernet grapes were sourced from our estate San Lucas and Hames Valley Vineyards. San Lucas is a postcard-perfect vineyard, with gorgeous rolling topography, sunshine-filled days, and cool nights. Hames is located at the southern edge of Monterey County and has a climate characterized by a high day-to-night temperature differential, with a variation of up to 50° quite common. Each vintage, these two vineyard sites duke it out for the Cabernet title, with San Lucas getting the edge in our 2012 blend. The 2012 growing season was picture-perfect. The spring months were temperate and uneventful, with no significant frost threats and ideal temperatures. Cool nights and overcast mornings followed by breezy afternoons made the summer months perfect for even ripening and good flavor development. Excellent harvest-time conditions allowed us to let the grapes hang until optimal ripeness was achieved.
The grapes were handpicked, destemmed and crushed into small bins for fermentation. Fermentation was carried out in small lot, open-top fermenters. The cap was punched down 3 times per day at the height of fermentation to gently increase extraction of color and phenolic compounds. The juice was racked clean to barrels for secondary malolactic fermentation and aging. Barrel aged for close to 30 months, each lot was tasted and individual barrels were selected for inclusion in the final blend. The wine is unfiltered, in order to preserve the tannin structure and aromatics.
Varietal Composition
93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot
65% San Lucas, 35% Hames Valley
Harvest Date
October 4 – November 7
Harvest Brix
Average of 24.6°
Alcohol %
2½ years in 50% American, 43% Hungarian and 7%
Cases Produced
Bottling Date
June 11, 2015