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2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, Estate Vineyard

94 Points - The Wine Advocate, Dec 2014
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2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, Estate Vineyard
Varietal: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Vineyard: Amapola Creek Estate
Brix: 24.9 °
TA at harvest: 5.0 g/L
pH at harvest: 3.4
Harvest Dates: September 25 through October 19, 2012
Barrel Aging: 24 months in new and seasoned French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels
Alcohol: 14.7%
Winemaster: Richard L. Arrowood
Production: 1565
Bottled: April 2015

The Vineyard

 Spread along 600 vertical feet of a sun-washed western slope of the Mayacamas range, our 100+ acre Amapola Creek ranch borders the highly acclaimed Monte Rosso Vineyards. The red, basaltic volcanic soils we share with our esteemed next-door neighbor have yielded superb wine for well over the last century. The rhyolitic soils from our China Wall Vineyard add a firm tannin structure to the French clone Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted there in 2000. All 20 acres of our mountain estate vineyards are CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) certified organic. Estate vineyard blocks, China Wall, Bobcat Run, Fox Trot Meadow, and Montaña Vista, were the sources for our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Using grapes from these distinct micro-climates and soil profiles allows us to showcase the diverse terroir of our vineyards.

Vintage

In 2012 we were fortunate to have had a grand, bountiful harvest. The growing conditions could be described as perfect. The weather was as good as one could wish for. The growing season began early, with a warm, dry spring, and the weather stayed absolutely beautiful all the way through harvest. The quality and quantity of the fruit were exceptional. We handpicked these grapes beginning September 25 through October 19, 2012.

The Wine

On the nose, this wine opens with a dusting of cocoa powder, followed by smooth black fruit. Swirl the glass for a moment and the fruit character expands into tart red pie cherries and rich, dark cassis. Give the wine another moment to open up, and you will find just the tiniest hint of white peppercorn mingling with toast.

 On the palate you will first notice firm acidity, and a delightful character of ripe summer blackberries. Stay with the glass and you will find juicy plum and boysenberry, underscored with subtle notes of candied orange peel and almond liqueur, all laced together with strong, smooth tannins that persist into a lengthy elegant finish.