2012 Plumpjack "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
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.
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.
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."