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2012 Stonestreet "Estate" Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1230723 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark As for Stonestreet’s red wines, these were by far the strongest efforts I have ever tasted from this estate. The five 2012 cuvées I tasted are all from amazing elevations. For example, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes from vineyards between 500 and 2,400 foot elevations. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Malbec aged 17 months in 30% new French oak, it exhibits an inky/blue/purple color as well as a terrific nose of wet pebbles, blueberries, blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings and charcoal presented in a full-bodied, rich, concentrated style. There are 5,350 cases of this superb Cabernet Sauvignon, which has 15-20 years of evolution ahead of it. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Dusty cedar and a faintness of rose open this wine, like walking into a lovely forest at the edge of a garden. Along with a delicate supporting role of oak and tannin, it offers black cherry, graphite and dried herb to enjoy, as well as a powerful hit of concentration on the finish. (VB) Inner quote mark (9/2016)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous entry-level offering from Stonestreet. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, new leather and baking spices meld together in a soft, open-knit Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now and over the next decade or so. Expressive floral and spiced notes develop in the glass, adding perfume and lift. Dollops of Merlot and Malbec round out the blend. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A smooth, graceful opening leads to a mix of blackberry, currant, herb and cedary oak flavors, with fine-grained tannins. Very agreeable now, but with the richness, depth and balance to gain. Drink now through 2024. (JL) Inner quote mark (2/2016)

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2015 | Send Email
I've been enamored with California red wines made from fruit grown in the Mayacamas Range since we took a staff trip over to the region back in 2012 (right around the time these grapes were on the vine). The wines from Napa and Alexander Valley made from higher elevation mountain fruit simply have more depth, concentration of fruit, and a better capability of going the distance due to their superior structure. The 2012 Stonestreet Estate Cab is a perfect example of Mayacamas Range fruit grown in a ripe vintage. It's a mouthful of dark, inky, opulent fruit that has subtle tannic grip. The guts are there for the cellar. They're just dwarfed by the richness of the fruit. You could pop this now, and I'd be tempted to, but I'd rather let the new oak integrate for a year or two at least before opening these up. Either way you're getting a great wine from a vintage that keeps on giving.

By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2015 | Send Email
Savory and sumptuous! From the start, the nose is full of quite lovely cherry, raspberry, and mocha notes. On the palate it’s got a lovely velvet texture. Fine tannins come across nicely and blend very well with the fruit. The finish is medium to long and is a beautiful, savory number. Delicious!!

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2015 | Send Email
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Here's a great value in Cabernet that really shines. It shows a wonderful concentration of dark fruits without going over the top, highlighted with a dash of dark spices and nicely supported by rounded tannins. It will hold its own with a lot of cabs at twice the price!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2015 | Send Email
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One of the wineries to be on the lookout as an up-and-coming producer is Stonestreet, this is an amazing project focusing on small, vineyard driven plots dotting the Alexander Valley and more specifically the Mayacamas Mountain Range which produce extraordinary fruit. The result is numerous single-vineyard offerings including this spectacular 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon which is sourced from multiple estates vineyards. The 2012 Stonestreet “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon starts off with intense aromas of crème de cassis and mocha with flavors of bright blackberry and black cherry fruit on the palate. Smooth, rich and harmonious on the finish this wine represents an insane value and totally over-delivers on its $34.99 price.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2025

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