Textbook conditions saw near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool and often foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rains held off until grapes found optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality with a smooth balance of acids and sugars. This vintage, while as much as 30% higher than the past two years’ smaller crops, is on par with near-normal quantity.
Aromas of dried fruits, flowers, and hints of anise, toasty oak, and baking spices that carry over to the palate. Red fruit compote and plum flavors combine with savory and rich tertiary notes of leather, tobacco, and espresso. Balanced and harmonious with a soft mouthfeel and a lengthy, fine-grained finish. This is the perfect age to enjoy this elegant, full-bodied Cabernet.
93 points, jamessuckling.com, James Suckling, 7/28/15
91 points, Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone, 6/1/15
91 points Decanter, Linda Murphy, 11/7/15
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District
100% Silverado Vineyard
October 11, 13 and 18, 2012
22 days of skin contact
18 months barrel age
45% new oak
New oak profile: 100% French
Overall oak profile: 100% French
6.10 g/L TA
SuggestionsCurrently at its peak (10 years old); Drink by 17-22 years