2012 Howard Park "Scotsdale Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Great Southern Western Australia

SKU #1228615 97 points James Halliday

 From the near-40yo estate vineyard at Mount Barker; separate lots were either pressed at dryness or given post-ferment maceration, and kept separate during 20 months maturation in French oak (40% new). Picture perfect, not a hair out of place as the blackcurrant fruit, a touch of black olive and cedary oak flows seamlessly along the supremely elegant palate.  (7/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon is a very deep purple-black 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made with fruit from 33-year-old vines. At first the nose is slightly closed giving subtle notes of crushed blackberries, redcurrants and black cherries with touches of cloves, Provence herbs and pepper. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers great freshness and plenty of red and blackberry flavor layers with a medium to firm level of chewy tannins and a crisp acid line. It finishes long with an herbal lift. Drink it now to 2020+. 90+ (LPB)  (8/2014)

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2016 | Send Email
Our Australian wine buyer, Ryan Woodhouse, has knocked it out of the park with the discovery of the Western Australia producer. The Scotsdale is the kind of New World Cabernet I want to drink. Reminiscent of the old school California Cabs of the 80s and 90s, there is fleshy fruit surrounded by medium weight tannins and plenty of acidity. Oh, and it's $20. I challenge you to find a Cabernet of this quality from anywhere else in the New World at this kind of price. Rock star stuff!

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2016 | Send Email
Killer Cab! This starts with a handsome scent of cedar, and is textured with a medium viscosity and smooth on the palate. This is super drinkable, fresh, and showing all the right bones. The fruit expresses notes of bitter chocolate with classic savory herbs and has a gentle yet lingering pull at the finish. The price point on this is shocking for the kind of value produced! This is elegant enough for a special dinner or would be totally delicious with a cheeseburger. Super Recommended!

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2016 | Send Email
Howard Park is a new Direct Import for us, and the quality is absolutely astounding for the price. All of the wines are entirely organic and express excellent terroir. This Cab opens with cedar and eucalyptus on the nose leading to a rich ripe fruit palate. Hints of cigar box and menthol also come into play, all of it finishing with a good amount of grip on the finish. Absolutely delicious.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/7/2016 | Send Email
Unfathomably good Cab for $20! Packed full of varietal character, plum, red currant, tobacco leaf, mint and cedar. The fruit is supple and expressive while tannins stand guard on the finish letting you know that should this one get lost in the cellar for a few years, it wouldn't be a bad thing. Problem is it tastes so good right now. Exceptional value thanks to our Direct Import...and yes that does say 97 points!
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2026

By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2015 | Send Email
Wow, this Cab really blew me away. A bottle of organic, single-vineyard, old vine Cabernet Sauvignon this elegant and complex at this price is pretty unbelievable. K&L is officially the Santa Claus for adults. The wine's gorgeous bouquet - rich with cedar, vanilla, barrel spice, and tarragon - even smells a little Christmasy. The lean but dynamic palate is structured and fresh with green tea, pepper, and blackcurrant. This is the perfect wine to have on hand during the holidays. A great partner for food and very palate friendly, it's a spot-on hostess gift or bottle to have in the house for guests. Plus, any bottles that don't get drunk will only get better in your cellar. I'm buying a case!

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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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Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
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Western Australia

Alcohol Content (%): 14