2012 White Rock Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1237271 92 points Vinous

 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous wine. Dark and inviting, the 2012 offers notable depth and creaminess, both of which add to the wine's near-term appeal. Dark plum, earthiness, cedar, spice and new leather are all pushed forward. The tannins are already quite soft, so readers won't have to wait too long before enjoying this delicious, beautifully crafted Cabernet. Best of all, the 2012 offers notable value within the context of Napa Valley. (AG)  (2/2016)

K&L Notes

Located in a small valley in the foothills of the Stag's Leap Range, this family-run vineyard and winery was established in 1977 and consists of 22 acres of terraced hillsides and 14 acres of benchland. White Rock is known for their elegant and authentic, estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. White Rock has never used herbicides or pesticides, and their commitment to sustainable farming is very strong. From the producer: "The color of this Cabernet is a beautiful deep, dark purple with rose tones, which promises an equally pretty wine, and does not disappoint. A nose of ripe fruit and bright oak yields to a supple mouth feel, boasting bright raspberry and cranberry, finishing with the softness of fine grained, velvety tannins. This vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon is ready to drink now and will age gracefully for 15-20 years."

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
Poured this at the last staff training and everyone (including the Francophiles) loved it! Farmed organically and coming from the highest elevation vineyards on the estate, this is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Filled with complex and intense aromatics of savory earth, violets and tobacco that are beautifully integrated into a glycerol palate chock full of bright red fruit. While you'll want to take the time to savor the intense aromatics, it's well worth finally tasting it because of the complexity and finish that lasts a lifetime.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
White Rock is a freakin' home rum for lovers of the old school style Napa Cab that's so hard to get these days. What I love about this wine, in the vibe of Heitz or maybe even Dunn, it has this incredible sense of place. While it doesn't taste like Bordeaux, there's clearly an eye to a more restrained, terroir driven style. And if you're about terroir then your wines should not taste like they're from the Medoc, indeed they should taste like they're from Napa, which so few wines from Napa seem to do any longer. This is the real deal. Do not ignore it.

Staff Image By: Brian Allie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2016 | Send Email
From fruit produced at the top of the vineyard’s slopes, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is pure and focused and possesses a great mineral backbone. It’s aged for 20 months in French oak. This provides wonderful structure without over-the-top intensity, and a very supple mouthfeel. Cranberries, baking spices, cocoa powder and cedar flavors give way to a soft finish with velvety tannins. According to winemaker Christopher Vandendriessche, this vintage will age gracefully for 15–20 years, and I would definitely agree.

Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2016 | Send Email
Another great wine from-new-to me winery White Rock, who are making some great old school Cab and Clarets in Napa. This Cab is more structured and brooding than the Claret, apparent on the nose with rich blue fruit and violets, a kiss of leather and spice, incredibly intriguing right off the bat. Continuing through to a weighty palate chock full of ripe red fruits and savory notes of mint and spiced blueberries, delivered by a well structured palate. Medium firm tannin frame the wine well, barrel spice adds complexity without detracting from the pure Napa fruit profile. Very satisfying to drink, that all Napa Cab could be this complex and composed.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2016 | Send Email
A dazzling Cabernet. The aromatics are worth the price alone. It is so pure and clean and so complex and you'll spend minutes nosing this wine before you remember to take your first sip, and then you will wonder why it took you so long to try it in the first place. This wine is 100% Napa but it has an old world soul, it is the perfect combination of great Napa and great Bordeaux. Bright, complex, aromatic, savory, long, structured, pure.... words fail.

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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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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.