2012 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1207503 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 ***Editors' Choice*** Relatively affordable for its appellation and variety, this wine offers classic notes of cassis, currant and clove, punctuated by eccentric bursts of gun powder and espresso. The devilish characteristics are complemented by a smooth, silkiness to the texture and a measured finish of black pepper. (VB)  (12/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Delivers a core of ripe blackberry and wild berry flavors, supported by lively acidity and firm tannins. Ends with a persistent fruit- and cedar-driven finish. Drink now through 2026. 3,200 cases made. (JL)  (4/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, a blend of different sites, reveals beautiful crème de cassis fruit, subtle spicy oak in the background, medium to full body, and excellent purity and texture. It is a high-class Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy now and over the next decade or more. (RP)  (10/2014)

K&L Notes

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. According to the winemaker: "Ripe aromas of dark fruits, pepper and cassis, with deep and complex flavors of cocoa powder, black cherries, raspberries and coffee. Though youthful and exuberant now, this wine has the structure to reward cellaring for 10-15 years."

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2016 | Send Email
A full-bodied Cabernet from Napa for people who do not want to sacrifice balance for power. Not that it lacks intensity, rather it focuses it. Lot's of dark berry, cassis, spicy oak tones that play out long on the palate rather than bold and juicy and then fade away. A serious wine for a serious meal.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/15/2015 | Send Email
This one of those big, unapologetic Cabs that many Old World wine purists scoff at.... until they sit down with a glass. Dark tree fruit, blackberry, vanilla, and cassis. I love this Cab - the perfect holiday wine to pair with your steak au poivre, prime rib or rack of lamb.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2015 | Send Email
Full throttle with plenty of cocoa, coffee, creme de cassis and vanilla. A wine that keeps its balance and elegance and shows quite nicely right now.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2015 | Send Email
If you like Big, Massive, Layered, Textured, Sultry, Sexy, Voluminous, Full-Bodied and Oaky Napa Cabernet, then the Amici is for you! This is a boutique Napa winery and one that always over-delivers quality for price! I call it Caymus for half the price! Only the Amici has way better structure and longevity than Caymus does these days. Tons of rich, dark Napa fruit, and plenty of new French oak that makes this wine scream..I need a steak! Absolutely stunning and you deserve every drop!

Staff Image By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2015 | Send Email
If you’re like me, you like things BIG! Monumental! Thunderous! Explosive! Each of these words perfectly describe the experience that lies before you as you contemplate opening a bottle of this Napa wine. Named for the friends who, together, began making wine in the heart of Calistoga, their 2012 bottling is their best yet, bringing forth the best of what those aforementioned adjectives promise. A long-lasting onslaught of black-fruit-driven character, a boisterous use of oak-produced creaminess, and just enough acid and tannin to ensure a clear structure and the ability for this to age quite well. Forget Caymus; Forget Silver Oak; Remember AMICI! If it is not abundantly clear by now, I’ll restate my feeling in more simple terms. I PASSIONATELY LOVE THIS WINE!!!!!!!

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2015 | Send Email
Vanilla and oak present big-time with this huge, velvety red. Fans of the incredibly popular 2010 vintage should equally appreciate this latest offering, full of magnified flavors from Napa.

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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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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5