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2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes The 2012 vintage marks the fortieth Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon release from Joseph Phelps Vineyards. This latest bottling highlights beautiful aromatics of dark fruit, cigar box, dried herbs, graphite notes and pain grillé. Expressive Bing cherry, licorice, blueberry and blackberry layer this silky smooth wine of great depth and personality. Richly nuanced with supple tannins and a lingering velvety finish

Winemaking Data Grapes were picked at sunrise, sorted and cold soaked prior to fermentation in stainless steel. The wine was aged for eighteen months in 40% new oak barrels (50% French, 50% American) and 60% two-year-old French and American oak barrels before bottling in June 2014. The barrel coopers used included Ermitage, François Frères, Demptos (American), Nadalié (French and American), Canton (American) and Barrel Associates (American).

Vintage Notes The 2012 growing season proved to be excellent from start to finish in Napa Valley. It was a warmer year than the prior three, lining up more closely with the 2008 growing season’s temperatures. Bud break occurred during the first two weeks of April and both bloom and veraison took place earlier than 2010 and 2011. August, September and October offered perfect ripening weather for superior fruit with exceptional quality.

Reviews 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Rich and concentrated in red cherry, cigar and plum, this demurely approachable and enjoyable wine has the legs to age. (Sept. 2015)


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Blend and Grape Sources 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc from 100% estate-owned Napa Valley vineyards.

Appellation Napa Valley

Harvest Dates October 6-29, 2012

Aging/Cooperage 18 months in 40% new oak barrels (50% French, 50% American) and 60% two-year-old French and American oak barrels.