Although the highest-toned, most perfumed aromas of ripe black cherries and raspberries jump immediately from the glass, with a short swirl of the wine one quickly senses the darker cedar, clove and sandalwood notes which create a sense of depth and complexity. Palate-wise, the wine shows a full, broad entry of ripe fruit, spreading to create a sense of fullness throughout the mid-palate. A continuous silky impression of fresh cherry juice from start to finish provides a sense of brightness to this complex wine.
Harvested between October 4 and 21, 2012, entirely by hand from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown on the J.J. Cohn Estate, this wine was created by selecting small blocks from the vineyard to vinify as individual lots. The wine was fermented on skins for about 4 weeks, transferred to French oak barrels and aged for about 10 months, then blended and returned to barrels for an additional 8 months. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration in March, 2014.
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon M. (Monsieur) Étain is in essence a second wine, but it sure doesn’t taste like one. Its deep purple colour is followed by pure black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, dusty, loamy soil notes, extraordinary depth of fruit, ripeness and good acidity. This opulent, round beauty is ideal for drinking over the next decade or more."
94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Oct 2014
Antonio Galloni has yet to publish his review of the 2012, but the 2011, a much maligned vintage in Napa Valley, received the following:
"The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon M. Etain is fabulous. Dark raspberries, flowers, tobacco, mint and rose petals all meld together in a long, soulful wine loaded with personality. Today the tannins are a bit firm, but that should not be an issue in another few years, once the wine has come together a little more fully. Today the 2011 M. Etain is absolutely singing. That is a second wine is virtually incomprehensible."
94 points, vinous.com, Nov 2013