2012 Textbook "Mise en Place" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1193247 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The inky/purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mise en Place comes from the rocky east side of Oakville, and spent 24 months in French oak. Playing it closer to the vest than its siblings, with coaxing, it reveals some extraordinarily ripe, rich blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with hints of charcoal, scorched earth and wet rocks. It has tremendous upside potential, but at present it is the least flattering of the Textbook Cabernets. Full-bodied and powerful, it should turn out to be a beauty, but buyers should plan on deferring their gratification for 2-4 years. Watch the magic unfold over the following two decades. (RP)  (10/2014)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 **Two Stars** Here is a Cabernet that warrants attention not for drama or bombast but for its fine focus and very articulate Cabernet voice instead. Its principal message is one of slightly succulent, yet very vital, ripe currant fruit to which is tastefully tied just the right degree of sweet oak, and, even while an open and inviting wine right now, it surprises by showing increasing solidity and proper varietal grip as it goes. It is tasty stuff, to be sure, but we fully expect that it will be tastier and more interesting yet some half-dozen years down the line.  (12/2014)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2015 | Send Email
I hesitate to call this a blockbuster because tasting it is so effortless and all the raw material falls into place so beautifully. This is smooth and velvety with abundant black cherry and blackberry fruit in the satin textured middle building to an intense finish with fine grip. Wines that seem this incredibly well made are usually fashioned more in the vineyard than the wine cellar and I suspect this micro production beauty is no exception. Connoisseurs take note: this is delicious with decanting but will only get better and better.

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2015 | Send Email
The 2012 “Mise en Place” greets you on the nose with charcoal, roasted cassis, huckleberry, and birch notes. Nicely focused, but ample and sweet, dusty plum and cassis flavors rub elbows here with Dutch cocoa, caraway, cumin, wintergreen, and a toasted coconut-caramel oak component. Despite the slightly indulgent nature of certain dimensions here, in the end, the wine finishes in a commendably dry fashion. While the tannins are tooth-coating yet, the evidence is all here that this will knit together nicely in a few years, and live for a good many more.

Staff Image By: Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2015 | Send Email
Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Opus One, Dalla Valle, Far Niente and Rudd. These are some of the names that make Oakville one of the most recognizable places to grow and vinify great Cabernet Sauvignon. An Oakville wine that should be recognized as superb in its own right is the 2012 Mise En Place from Textbook. Jonathan and Susan Pey are making great wine year after year but the 2012 has brought Mise En Place to a new level. Rich and ripe with beautiful black and blue fruit layered hints of cedar, vanilla, licorice and graphite. The tannins are very apparent but after two hours in a decanter, they soften wonderfully and bring great joy. Pound for pound this is the Oakville Cabernet to beat.

Staff Image By: Amy Monroe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2015 | Send Email
An excellent offering from Oakville's rocky soils. I have a feeling Textbook's "Mise en Place" will win a special place in the hearts of many a Cabernet lover because it hits all the right note - powerful and rich with enticing fruit and complexity. You just don't get all these qualities in every Cabernet. There's lots of blackberry fruit here, a broad textured mouthfeel, finely wrapped tannins and just a whiff of a roasted note on the finish. A word of advice, when you buy this, consider buying two. This wine has the stuffing to go the distance in the cellar, and years hence you'll be wishing you had another one.

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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.


- 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.
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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.