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2012 Brandlin Estate Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (Previously $120)

SKU #1366877 93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Opulence and richness come through here as well as a currant and berry character. Even so, there's an underlying firmness that gives this structure and energy. Inner quote mark (12/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Exhibits a rich, tapered core of dark berry, anise, cedar and loamy earth, with firm yet rounded tannins that support the fruit mix, giving this traction and depth. Drink now through 2028. Inner quote mark

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Brandlin Estate (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) exhibits a dense purple color, sweet blackberry and cassis fruit, an attractive floral component, impressive purity, and the vintage’s hallmark characteristics of ripe tannin, luxurious texture and medium to full body. Drink it over the next decade. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Blended with 9% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, this is a perennial classic for the winery, the sister brand of Cuvaison. Juicy in cherry and cassis, it sustains big, pillowy tannins and tar, suggesting more time for the fruit to match up with the structure. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (5/2016)

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. "Brandlin Vineyard is located on a Mount Veeder ridgeline, in the southern Mayacamas Range on Napa Valley’s west side. Perched at 900 to 1,150 feet in elevation, the vineyard is divided into 15 discrete blocks facing every point on the compass. This block differentiation leverages the site’s varied aspects in sun exposure, slope and soil composition, each providing distinct fruit characteristics. In addition to the high elevation, the vineyard’s location in the southern section of the Mount Veeder AVA, provides more moderate temperatures than much of the Napa Valley. Fruit ripens slowly, and harvest may take place from late September to early November. Steep slopes of schisty, gravelly loam on shale provide the quick drainage, low yields and drought stress typical of true mountain sites. Grapes develop a high skin to flesh ratio, resulting in richly concentrated wines of great complexity, with firm tannin structure for long-term aging."

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