2012 Gramercy Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1241317 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is most likely the greatest vintage of this cuvee to date. Full-bodied, ripe, layered and yet still elegant and beautifully balanced, it offers classic currants, black raspberry, graphite, lead pencil and cedar aromas and flavors. A blend of 92% Cabernet and 8% Merlot that saw 23 months in 40% new French oak, it has high-quality tannin, ample texture and a rock-star finish. This beauty will have two decades of longevity. (JD)  (6/2015)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 This is based on fruit from the Phinny Hill Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills, with contributions from Two Blondes, Dionysus, and eight percent merlot from Loess. Its scents are savory—violets, licorice root, a whiff of espresso—while the dark fruit is broad and demonstrative, with firm, dusty tannins. Give it cellar time to knit, then serve with rosemary-roasted leg of lamb.  (10/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Broad and generous, with crinkly tannins draped over a plush core of blueberry, blackberry, cedar and spice flavors that don't quit on the finish. (HS)  (10/2015)

90 points Vinous

 (14.2% alcohol; mostly from Phinny Hill but with some fruit from Two Blondes and Dionysos and 8% Merlot from Leonetti's estate vineyard called Loess; aged in 38% new oak, all French): Bright red-ruby. Black cherry, dark berry, baking spice and licorice aromas and flavors are lifted by a floral quality. Firmly built and classically dry but also supple and smooth and not at all hard. Finishes with serious dusty but even tannins and very good length. This will need a couple years in bottle to gain in nuance and expand. Assistant winemaker Brandon Moss noted that "2007 and 2012 were really our last typical vintages." (ST)  (11/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Black cherry jam, a lovely herbal character giving contrast and complexity. Firm tannin on the palate, but good bright acidity. (RH)  (6/2015)

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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.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.