2012 Blankiet "Mythicus" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $275)

SKU #1258692 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Mythicus is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and a smaller cuvée of only 220 cases. It is close to perfection, for sure, with an inky purple color and a beautiful nose of smoldering embers intermixed with charcoal, blackberry, new saddle leather, crème de cassis, incense and graphite. Full-bodied, with enormous extract and richness, but with a flawless integration of alcohol, acidity, tannin and wood, this wine is still a baby, even for a 2012, but promises to evolve for 25-30 years. (RP)  (12/2015)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Knockout Cabernet nose combines currant, licorice menthol and wild herbs; brooding but not overly dark. Utterly seamless and glossy on the palate yet at the same time sharply delineated, with outstanding floral lift to the dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. For all its early sex appeal and noble tannins, this wonderfully sappy, extremely long wine is very backward today and in need of extended aging. An addition to the range, the Mythicus is a new 100% Cabernet Sauvignon bottling that debuts in 2012. (ST) 96+  (5/2015)

96 points Vinous

 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mythicus comes across as quite closed today, with the structural elements dominating the wine's balance. Most of Blankiet's 2012s are open and expressive today, but the Mythicus is not. In this tasting, the Mythicus is dark, brooding and totally shut down, which is probably a good thing for the future. (AG)  (10/2015)

95 points James Suckling

 Lots of blueberry, blackberry and black currants on the nose with hints of flowers. Full-bodied, firm and layered with lots of chocolate and berry character. Long and agile with form. Needs at least five years to soften. A pure Cabernet made from the best selection of grapes from the three key vineyards. This is first vintage of this wine.  (7/2015)

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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.