2012 Plumpjack "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1235174 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Estate Oakville adds a lot of structure and even more density to the basic cuvée. It’s an inky ruby/purple, has notes of graphite and toasty vanilla, but is dominated by the black cherry and blackcurrant fruit spectrum. Full-bodied, powerful and formidable in extract and richness, this wine will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and keep 25-30 years. It’s a stunning example of the vintage from a great terroir.  (10/2014)

96 points Vinous

 Dark red cherry jam, black cherries, wild flowers, cloves and new leather jump from the glass in Plumpjack's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. The flavors are dark, rich and beautifully resonant in this striking Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich and ample on the palate, the 2012 impresses for its textural intensity and fabulous overall balance. I imagine the Reserve will offer a wide window of pure drinking pleasure. I can't say enough good things about what a great job Aaron Miller has done at Plumpjack since taking over from Tony Biagi in 2012. These wines haven't missed a beat. The 2012s are fabulous, while the 2013s may turn out to be even better. This is one of the most privileged spots in Napa Valley, and it shows in rich wines of uncommon elegance and pure Napa Valley intensity. The straight Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of all the best parcels on the property, while the Reserve emerges from volcanic soils on the eastern side of the property that yield wines of greater intensity and structure. Plumpjack's Merlot and Syrah are made from purchased fruit, but they are just as delicious as the estate wines. The 2012s are rich and opulent in the best sense, while the 2013s are darker, but not as tannic as they are at so many other estates. In 2013, Miller chose to shorten skin contact a bit, as the wines extracted very easily and he wanted to avoid ending up with massive tannins and oversized wines. It appears that choice worked quite well.  (10/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A strong cedary oak presence is evident from the start, with herbal and cedary tannins. The core is rich and potent, loaded with dark berry and black licorice flavors and ending with rugged, chewy, gravel-laced tannins. Drink now through 2028. 690 cases made.  (10/2015)

K&L Notes

Producer Notes: "The long, mild growing season allowed for a long hang time with even ripening and outstanding flavor development and tannin maturity. The flavors coming out of our Estate vineyard in Oakville were absolutely amazing and these flavors have persisted throughout fermentation and aging. The fruit on the nose is intense and lively with aromas of black cherry and raspberry followed by iron, crushed granite, and sage, all laced with mocha and vanilla. This wine has a rich and concentrated palate with great structure and an enduring finish."

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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.


- 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.
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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.