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2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Block 12
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley
Aged in a combination of French oak barrels for 18 months.
Techniques included indigenous yeast, 14-day maceration and 100% whole berries. 50% of the blend was fermented in open-top tank, with the remainder in new French oak barrels, with the cooler barrel fermentations accentuating the delicate floral aromatics
Bottling Date
April 2014
Alcohol %

2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Block 12

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Fabulously complex and compelling, this wine offers layers of blueberry, crème de cassis, cedar, purple flowers, cured meat and graphite. Though rich and powerful, a core of freshness and fine tannins promise a long life.

Wine Profile
Our renowned vineyard features ten benchland and hillside blocks of Cabernet. To spotlight this diversity, we occasionally craft small-production Cabernets from our finest blocks. This limited-production Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the crown jewel of our estate—2.5 acres of Cabernet vines planted in the 1980s. Planted in silty soils on a gravel bed to the famed Belle Terra field selection, our prized Block 12 always yields some of our most complex and compelling Cabernet.
The Vintage
In 2012, Mother Nature delivered one of the finest growing seasons in our three-decade winegrowing history. The season was long, and temperate, with very little rain and no significant heat events. The vineyard set a good crop, which we judiciously thinned to achieve perfect balance. A combination of plenty of cool foggy mornings and afternoon sunshine, combined with big swings between day and nighttime temperatures produced perfectly ripe fruit with excellent natural acidity.
Food Pairing Notes
Rib Eye Steak with Porcini dry-rub, short ribs, caramelized onion tart, chicken Marsala.
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