2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Broken Rock Vineyard, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley California
Aromas of Mocha, blackberries, tobacco & anise. Flavors of dark fruits, vanilla and spice. Full bodied with polished tannins, a complex palate and broad mouthfeel. Already quite approachable but has the acidity and tannins to age very nicely. Good luck trying to wait with this Cabernet!
Broken Rock Vineyard, Atlas Peak -This is one of our favorite places in Napa–just up the road from Soda Canyon, laying at the base of Atlas Peak on the eastern ridge of the valley. Fruit from this area get the best of both worlds – hillside structure and rich valley floor flavor. Western exposure provides afternoon sun for the 2,000 vines planted per acre (talk about dense!) in extremely low fertility soil. Broken Rock is owned by elite vineyard designer & operator Bill Hill and farmed by Patrick Mahaney – collectively they represent over 70 years of viticulture experience and the fields they develop are consistently found in the Wine Spectator Top 100 year after year.
By the Numbers
Brix @ Harvest: 25.5°
Fermentation Details: 4 day cold soak, 14 day primary fermentation, 10 day extended maceration, ML in barrels
Aging: 24 months in new and used French oak barrels (40% new)
Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot & 1% Cabernet Franc
TA: 6.1 g/L
The 2012 California wine grape harvest was lighter and later than normal with flavors developing at lower sugar levels, giving winemakers the opportunity to make flavorful, elegant wines. A wet winter and spring delayed bloom and hindered fruit set, resulting in shatter in some regions, which decreased the overall crop load. A generally cool summer prolonged the growing season and harvest started very late in most areas. Early autumn rains prompted growers and wineries to pick many varieties at lower Brix. – The Wine Institute