Twenty-twelve offered near-perfect growing conditions. Warm weather during bloom allowed the vines to set a large crop with increased yields were the result of more berries, not larger berries. Slightly cooler-than-average post-veraison weather and a lack of any heat events allowed for greatly extended hang time. Harvest was 2-3 weeks later than average, and the grapes arrived at the winery in pristine condition.
The nose offers enticing layers of spicy brambleberry, as well as hints of ripe blackberry and oak-inspired vanilla cream. Ripe red-fruited raspberry notes dominate the palate of this lovely blend, underscored by deeper layers of blueberry and spice. Beautifully balanced tannins carry the flavours through to a long, satisfying finish.
This vintage the blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Zinfandel, 3% Petit Verdot. It was aged 16 months in oak 40% of which was new and 60% second vintage.
“A soft and fruity red with blackberry, blueberry character and hints of bitter orange. Full body, firm tannins and fresh finish.“
90 points, JamesSuckling.com, July 2015