2012 Behrens Family "Homeland" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1202822 92 points Vinous

 An addition to the range, the 2012 Homeland packs a serious punch. Dark red and blue toned fruits, iron, smoke, licorice and cloves jump from the glass. Firm tannins from the Petit Verdot, Syrah and Petit lend an attractive element of underlying structure to the dark fruit in a powerful wine loaded with personality. It's always a pleasure to taste with Les Behrens and Lisa Drinkward at their winery atop Spring Mountain. Behrens Family Winery excels with rich, voluptuous wines built on texture and a sense of rapturous immediacy that makes them incredibly appealing pretty much upon release. The winery sources fruit from a variety of top vineyards across the valley. (AG)  (9/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The dark ruby/purple-tinged, fruity, still primary 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Homeland tastes like a barrel sample. It reveals loads of fruit and luscious richness, it just tastes like a six-month-old wine rather than one that is nearly two years of age. I like it a lot, but I think it needs more time to sort itself out. This is one of my favorite wineries for full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal, delicious, well-made wines. While the names are whimsical, and often detract from the seriousness of the viticultural work and winemaking of Les Behrens and his wife, this is a serious operation dedicated to extraordinary high quality. The fact that Les Behrens hailed from the restaurant business always drove his vision to produce wines that were simply "delicious." And delicious they are. These are not would-be shrines or for agenda-driven tasters looking for oxidized, thin, emaciated and sadistic-tasting wines. These are barroque! We should all be thankful that Behrens has never deviated from his mission. In a wine world that can sometimes trend toward arrogant and elitist, this is one place that offers a joyride with no pretension, but with great quality. Let’s hope Les and Lisa Behrens never change. (RP)  (10/2014)

Wine Spectator

 A mix of suppleness and firm tannins, the core of plum, black cherry and wild berry fruit is trim and subdued. The tannins, while fine-grained, have grip. Drink now through 2025. 476 cases made. (Web Only—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.


- 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.