2012 Seven Stones Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1236956 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The fabulous 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is virtually all 100% new oak-aged Cabernet Sauvignon. A dense purple color is accompanied by smoky barbecue, charcoal, crème de cassis, coffee, chocolate and graphite notes. Full-bodied, opulent, fleshy and sensual, it can be consumed over the next 10-15 years. This tiny 3-acre vineyard high in the Vaca Mountains, above the well-known luxury resort of Meadowood, boasts Aaron Pott as their winemaking consultant. The wines are fabulous, but, sadly, there are rarely more than 300 cases produced in each vintage. (RP)  (10/2014)

94-96 points Vinous

 One of the richest and densest wines of the year, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of pure impact and body. The 2012 is going to need quite a bit of time to develop its aromatic complexity and nuance. Today it is the wine's texture and heft that dominate, but my sense is that this will look quite different once the 2012 has had another few months in barrel. (AG)  (11/2013)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red-ruby. Reserved blackberry and menthol aromas suggest a powerful wine. Dense and tactile on the palate; fatter, deeper and chewier than the 2011 but the dark berry and truffle flavors are still brooding and youthfully monolithic. The tannins are riper than those of the 2011 but still dusty and substantial. The original acre of Cabernet Sauvignon was planted here in 1996; this is the first vintage to include a bit of juice from a 2007 planting. (ST)  (5/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 An ultraripe style that pushes ripeness to the edge of prune without going over the top. Offers opulent and extracted plum, blackberry, blueberry and jam flavors, ending with ripe berry notes and extracted tannins. Drink now through 2028. (JL)  (11/2015)

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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.