2012 Hidden Ridge "Impassable Mountain 55% Slope-Reserve" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley Victoria
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Impassable Mountain Reserve (the name refers to 19th century surveyors who were trying to lay a stagecoach line through these steep slopes) can easily compete with the finest of Napa. Aromas of pen ink, graphite, black plums, cassis and primordial foresty notes are followed by a full-bodied, opulent, multilayered, skyscraper-like, stunning Cabernet Sauvignon. It can be drunk now for its exuberance and sweet tannins, but it promises to evolve for two decades. This beauty is another great effort from a winery that remains under-the-radar for most consumers. I was greatly impressed with the Hidden Ridge offerings last year, and once again their current and upcoming releases merit interest. The winemaker is Timothy Milos, and the wines come from steep slopes on the west side of Spring Mountain. The elevations range between 900 and 1,700 feet. (RP)
*Cellar Selection* This robustly generous wine is impactful in chocolate and sweet, soft plum. A complexity of cedar, herb and blackberry marks the palate, with integrated tannins and oak. The complementary elements provide intrigue and flavor in a heavyweight package, ready for cellaring through 2022. (VB)
An open-throttle Cabernet, firm, dense, rich and tannic, with a solid core of dark berry, cedar, dusty earth and black licorice. Ends with a burst of fruit and tannins.