2012 David Arthur "Elevation 1147" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
A wine with blackberry and chocolate character. Full body, chewy tannins and a long finish. Shows mountain fruit style. Serious finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Port-like black fruits, licorice and brown spices on the nose, lifted by high notes of violet and mint. Large-scaled, sweet and rather powerful, conveying a distinctly gravelly character to its blackberry, black cherry and dark chocolate flavors. Perhaps a bit chunky today but full and sweet. The broad, ripe, chocolatey tannins coat the sides of the mouth. (ST)
David Arthur's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Elevation 1147 is quite floral and lifted in style with lovely aromatic complexity and nuance, but less depth and texture than the Estate Old Vine. It will be interesting to see if the 2012 fleshes out in bottle. Today, it is a bit on the light side, which, among other things, exposes the tannin. My sense is that the Elevation 1147 will always remain an ethereal, slightly fleeting Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)
An intense and elegant red, with a solid core of crushed rock earthiness supporting the dried berry, sage, underbrush and cedar notes. Distributes the flavors in an evenhanded manner. (JL)