2012 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus, which is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot, was harvested much earlier, October 9-18, and aged 25 months in French oak (more than 90% new). There are only 300 cases of this wine, which has a striking floral nose with hints of licorice, burning embers, incense, blueberry and blackberry liqueur. It’s powerful, lightly tannic, extravagantly rich and a great classic from a fabulous terroir and impeccable winemaking and élevage. Drink it over the next 20+ years. (RP)
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard is a bit more direct and focused than the Hershey Vineyard tasted alongside it. Iron, herbs and a host of ferrous notes provide the underpinning for a core of distinctly red-fleshed fruit. Veins of acidity and tannin give the wine its somewhat linear personality for the year. (AG)
Exhibiting layers of complexity, finesse and nuance, this offers a captivating opening mix of gravel-laced plum and blackberry flavors. Perfumed notes of sweet plum, cassis and cherry rise into the finish. The tannins are rich, loamy and fine-grained. Drink now through 2030. (JL)
I love the dusty, terra cotta, meat and plum character. Ripe and luscious. Full-bodied, tannic and chewy with some wood character. Citrus rind and dark berry. Mountain tannins here. Muscular yet fruity. Front-loaded. Better in 2019.