2012 Stonestreet "Estate" Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1230723 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As for Stonestreet’s red wines, these were by far the strongest efforts I have ever tasted from this estate. The five 2012 cuvées I tasted are all from amazing elevations. For example, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes from vineyards between 500 and 2,400 foot elevations. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Malbec aged 17 months in 30% new French oak, it exhibits an inky/blue/purple color as well as a terrific nose of wet pebbles, blueberries, blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings and charcoal presented in a full-bodied, rich, concentrated style. There are 5,350 cases of this superb Cabernet Sauvignon, which has 15-20 years of evolution ahead of it. (RP)  (12/2014)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Dusty cedar and a faintness of rose open this wine, like walking into a lovely forest at the edge of a garden. Along with a delicate supporting role of oak and tannin, it offers black cherry, graphite and dried herb to enjoy, as well as a powerful hit of concentration on the finish  (9/2016)

90 points Vinous

 The 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous entry-level offering from Stonestreet. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, new leather and baking spices meld together in a soft, open-knit Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now and over the next decade or so. Expressive floral and spiced notes develop in the glass, adding perfume and lift. Dollops of Merlot and Malbec round out the blend.  (1/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A smooth, graceful opening leads to a mix of blackberry, currant, herb and cedary oak flavors, with fine-grained tannins. Very agreeable now, but with the richness, depth and balance to gain. Drink now through 2024.  (2/2016)

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2015 | Send Email
I've been enamored with California red wines made from fruit grown in the Mayacamas Range since we took a staff trip over to the region back in 2012 (right around the time these grapes were on the vine). The wines from Napa and Alexander Valley made from higher elevation mountain fruit simply have more depth, concentration of fruit, and a better capability of going the distance due to their superior structure. The 2012 Stonestreet Estate Cab is a perfect example of Mayacamas Range fruit grown in a ripe vintage. It's a mouthful of dark, inky, opulent fruit that has subtle tannic grip. The guts are there for the cellar. They're just dwarfed by the richness of the fruit. You could pop this now, and I'd be tempted to, but I'd rather let the new oak integrate for a year or two at least before opening these up. Either way you're getting a great wine from a vintage that keeps on giving.

By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2015 | Send Email
Savory and sumptuous! From the start, the nose is full of quite lovely cherry, raspberry, and mocha notes. On the palate it’s got a lovely velvet texture. Fine tannins come across nicely and blend very well with the fruit. The finish is medium to long and is a beautiful, savory number. Delicious!!

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2015 | Send Email
Here's a great value in Cabernet that really shines. It shows a wonderful concentration of dark fruits without going over the top, highlighted with a dash of dark spices and nicely supported by rounded tannins. It will hold its own with a lot of cabs at twice the price!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2015 | Send Email
One of the wineries to be on the lookout as an up-and-coming producer is Stonestreet, this is an amazing project focusing on small, vineyard driven plots dotting the Alexander Valley and more specifically the Mayacamas Mountain Range which produce extraordinary fruit. The result is numerous single-vineyard offerings including this spectacular 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon which is sourced from multiple estates vineyards. The 2012 Stonestreet “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon starts off with intense aromas of crème de cassis and mocha with flavors of bright blackberry and black cherry fruit on the palate. Smooth, rich and harmonious on the finish this wine represents an insane value and totally over-delivers on its $34.99 price.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2025

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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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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.