2012 Hosanna, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1128674 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Hosanna's dense ruby/purple color is followed by a floral, black raspberry, black currant, mulberry, Christmas fruitcake and licorice-scented bouquet. Full-bodied (especially for a 2012 as well as a Pomerol), rich, concentrated and strikingly pure, it combines great finesse/elegance with power and substance. It should drink well when released and age nicely for two decades or more.  (4/ 2013)

92-95 points Wine Spectator

 Delivers a muscular core of plum and raspberry fruit, along with dark currant, black licorice and roasted apple wood flavors, which give a depth and power that belies the vintage's general character. A persistent, muscular edge on the finish is offset nicely by well-buried acidity. This is clearly a step ahead of the 2011.  (4/ 2013)

93-94 points James Suckling

 A young wine with a tangy, fresh acidity and lots of subtle chocolate and berry character. It's full-bodied, with integrated tannins and a long finish. Generous in the end. Sexy for the vintage.  (4/ 2013)

93-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a big and complex, juicy Merlot with blackberry fruits and a mineral edge. Concentration on the palate highlights both spice and a dense texture. Bitter chocolate notes show through on the finish.  (4/ 2013)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-purple. Strawberry, cassis, violet and a hint of underbrush on the expressive nose. Suave, sweet and fine-grained, with harmonious, soft acidity nicely framing the delicate, pure flavors of flinty strawberry, smoke and underbrush. Spreads out nicely in the mouth and finishes long and floral, with fine-grained tannins. You can really smell and taste the cabernet franc here.  (6/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Delicately leafy, then the real Moueix McCoy with those very fine, fine tannins, dry and savoury. On the more austere side but with a gentle demeanour. Very fine and elegant. Listen carefully; it does not shout. 17.5/20 points.  (4/ 2013)

K&L Notes

The bright purple fruit is nice, fresh, and clean, and a touch on the herbal side. The 2012 does not possess the deep, exotic fruit of many vintages but will be a fine early-drinking wine. (Ralph Sands, K&L Bordeaux expert)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Pomerol