2012 Olema Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1181245 Wine Enthusiast

 Red currant and clove mark this wine that’s lean in yeasty bread tones, with soft tannins.  (12/2014)

K&L Notes

Olema is produced by the folks at Amici Cellars. Fruit was sourced from select vineyards around Sonoma County and blended with a splash of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged for more than a year in 30% new French oak before bottling.

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/29/2016 | Send Email
I have been fortunate enough on a couple of occasions to enjoy a glass or two in the company of Bob Shepard, one of the partners in Amici Cellars. What is so compelling about Bob is the fact that he simply loves making great wine and sharing that wine with friends. Nothing more complicated than that. By those standards, the 2012 Olema Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is a triumph. Classic California Cabernet character at a price you can afford to drink. And have enough money left over so you can pick up a second bottle in case company drops by. You never know.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2016 | Send Email
Amici’s second label Cabernet Sauvignon satisfies on many levels: its Sonoma County fruit is rich and nuanced, provides ripe dark fruit, leather and anise flavors along with lush velvety tannins, and it costs less than half of its Napa Valley counterpart, making it a great accompaniment to a hearty mid-week meal. Put this on your list of top values!​

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2015 | Send Email
The Olema Cabernet, second label from our friends at Amici Cellars, is a terrific wine from the 2012 vintage. Bright fruit and an easy going and approachable tannic structure make for great drinking on its own, or for a beautiful pairing with any protein rich food (especially the delicious steak kabobs I just tried it with!). The excellent use of a small amount of new French oak gives this wine lots of weight and character, but doesn’t overpower the high quality of the ripe fruit. For only $20 bucks, it's hard to go wrong here.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/22/2015 | Send Email
Again and again, the Olema Cabernet never fails to be the best in its class! The 2012 is even more exceptional than usual because the fruit is matched by its pure elegance. More richness, but also more texturally pleasing, without too much oak, leaving it supple and food friendly with its integrated light tannins and juicy acidity. This is the perfect $20 Cab for anyone looking for a super versatile everyday red that can pair with almost any food, or just enjoy it on its own!

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2015 | Send Email
The Olema Cabernet Sauvignon offers a lot of elegant notes of cocoa, cassis, a touch of vanilla that makes it very much a Cab for those looking for a step up from the everyday, but still afordable and with a great pedigree...

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2015 | Send Email
This second offering from Amici Cellars is a steal year after year! Beautiful Sonoma County fruit with a touch of new French oak. Raspberry, casic, mocha, vanilla, and a clean, softly tanic finish. Classic Sonoma Cabernet!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2015 | Send Email
This is classic Sonoma Cab. Dark red fruit, a touch of chocolate and spicy oak. Lush on the palate with just enough tannin to give it heft but no edges.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2015 | Send Email
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This bottling from Amici Cellars was hugely popular with the 2011 vintage. Well, it only gets better with the 2012 vintage! Deep and rich, with dark red fruits, cassis and mocha notes. Lush on the palate, with bright oak and roasted nuts. Another winner from Amici Cellars!

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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.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9