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Tasting Notes

Baldacci Family Vineyards

2012 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Rolando Herrera Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 22 months in French Oak. 60% New 40% Once Used Tasting Profile: Our commitment to crafting single vineyard and single varietal wines continues with the 13th vintage grown from our Stags Leap vineyard. The 2012 Black Label "exhibits a healthy deep/ruby/purple color, surprising depth, ripeness and juicy fruit and more richness."
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Chimney Rock Winery

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ganymede Vineyard

Winemaker: Elizabeth Vianna Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in new French Oak Tasting Profile: Aromas of blackberry, black currant are at center stage with hints of powdered cocoa, toffee and vanilla. On the palate this wine has rich body, a viscous mid-palate and a length, soft tannin finish.
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Cliff Lede Vineyards

2012 Beautiful Generation, Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Christopher Tynan Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in French oak barrels, 80% of which were new Tasting Profile: Dark and inviting, with enticing, explosive aromas of wild cherry, red currants, and cassis, along with alluring hints of sandalwood and pain grille. Silky and plush tannins with crushed rock mineral notes make this wine irresistible now, but patience will be rewarded with cellar aging over the next twenty years.
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Clos Du Val

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Kristy Melton Blend: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Barrel Age and Type: 24 months in French Oak, 50% new Tasting Profile: Dark, elegant and rich with aromas of black fruits, mocha and spice. The palate has complex notes of forest fruits, dark espresso and vanilla and the mouthfeel is balanced and creamy. The tannins are classically well-structured, velvety, and integrated, making this wine approachable now but also cellar worthy for decades.
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Hartwell Vineyards

2012 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Benoit Touquette Blend: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Barrel Age and Type: Aged 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels Tasting Profile: Showcasing aromatic notes of soft ripe and dark fruits, blackberries, red cherries and restrained oak flavors, the 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has a perfect balance between the primary fruit flavors of Creme de Cassis, chocolate, raspberry, blueberry, mocha and cooked cranberries along with our estate vineyard terroir characteristics of licorice and sweet tobacco leaf.
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Ilsley Vineyards

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Heather Pyle Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 1% Cabernet franc Barrel Age and Type: Aged 22 months in 60% new French Oak Tasting Profile: The 2012 Ilsley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is the deepest ruby red. The aromas combine ripe bing cherry, cocoa and red raspberry with allspice and a touch of vanilla. The flavors are rich upon entry with black cherry and allspice. The wine is very soft and approachable but has sufficient tannin to age for many, many years to come.
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Lindstrom Wines

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Celia Welch Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in French Oak Tasting Profile: Classically Stags Leap District in character, this fully ripe Cabernet shows bright cherry and mocha tones on the aromas. Open and expressive immediately upon opening, this wine will develop more nuanced dark tones of sandalwood, almond and warm raspberries with time in the glass. On the palate, the wine is bright with fresh fruit flavors.
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Malk Family Vineyards

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Robbie Meyer Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in French Oak; 75% new Tasting Profile: The dark, yet vibrant color of the wine gives the first glimpse of its depth and elegance. The nose offers classic ripe black currant aromas, but is highlighted with beautiful floral qualities, light clove and spice, and even notes of milk chocolate and vanilla.

The 2012 reveals interesting mineral notes of crushed gravel and even notes of the loamy and volcanic soils in which the grapes are grown. While the weighty palate is incredibly supple, there is plenty of concentration in this wine to carry it for many years of enjoyment.
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Odette Estate Winery

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Jeff Owens Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in 80% new French Oak Tasting Profile: The 2012 Odette Estate is a phenomenal showcase of the vintage boasting voluptuous, silky-soft integrated tannins supported by great acidity. This bottling expresses the uniqueness of our Estate vineyard in the Stags Leap terroir. Notes of black cherries, raspberries, black currant, violets, sweet spice and anise can be found on the palate and nose, all with incredible density and underlying minerality.
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Pine Ridge Vineyards

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Michael Beaulac Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in 60% new French oak Tasting Profile: Flaunting an opaque ruby hue in the glass, this wine offers a lush bouquet of ripe red cherry, red raspberry and plum aromas that dance beneath layers of cinnamon sugar, sweet sage and licorice. The entry is plush and silky, filling the mouth with flavors of cherry preserves, red currant and ripe blackberry fruits that lead into hints of vanilla toast, crème brûlée and lavender soda on the impeccably structured, lingering finish, supported by fine, velvety tannins.
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Regusci Winery

2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Bertus van Zyl; Consultant: Charles Hendricks Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Merlot Barrel Age and Type: 20 months, 100% American Oak 40% New Tasting Profile: Aromatics: Blackberry, pencil shavings, vanilla, coriander, cumin and smoky cedar
On the palate: Ripe fruit that is very well balanced with spice and savory notes. Great textural complexity and density, with a broad mid-palate and a concentrated finish
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Robinson Family Vineyards

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Winemaker: Kristof Anderson & Tom Jinks Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 30 months in new French Oak Tasting Profile: Robinson Family Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is our most limited production Cabernet Sauvignon. It is the truest expression of varietal and vintage from our Stags Leap vineyard. Deep flavors and complex layers are developed on our Western facing hillsides that capitalize on the afternoon sun exposure. The aromas are rich with Bing cherry and swirl around into a sweet vanilla. In the mouth, the aromatics of the wine are complimented and surrounded by dark blackberry fruit, highlighted by warm currant notes accented by a sweet cedar finish. Supple, with depth and lush texture this wine has the structure needed to age, but will not disappoint if you decide to indulge sooner than later.
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Shafer Vineyards

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five

Winemaker: Elias Fernandez Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in 100% new French oak barrels (Allier & Vosges) Tasting Profile: Striking an enticing balance between liveliness and density, this vintage offers plush, round aromas of dark fruit and herbs followed by a mouth-filling blend of blackberry, black cherry, blueberry, cassis, herbs, and mocha. The whole package bears the stamp of Stags Leap District with ripe, easy-to-love tannins and a long, complete finish.
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Silverado Vineyards

2012 SOLO, Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Jon Emmerich Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in 40% new oak. Tasting Profile: The Silverado Heritage Clone, UCD 30: one of only three heritage Cabernet Sauvignon clones in Calfornia -- and the only one from Stags Leap District. The fresh berry notes carry over onto the palate and combine with ripe plum, evolving into unsweetened chocolate on the finish. This is a balanced and harmonious wine with a soft lush mouth-feel and a long pleasant finish.
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

2012 Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Marcus Notaro Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 21 months in 85% new French oak Tasting Profile: Elegant and inviting with aromas of violet, cinnamon, vanilla clove and boysenberry. The wine has a silky, velvety texture and rich fruit core that allows the wine to flow over the mid-palate and merge with the signature bright red cherry notes of the vineyard. The 2012 FAY has great persistence and length, promising long life.
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Stags' Leap Winery

2012 The Leap The Leap Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Christophe Paubert Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 100% French oak (50% new) for 20 months Tasting Profile: The Leap opens with alluring aromas of black plum compote, black cherry, black raspberry and a welcomed hint of cocoa powder. With distinct, fine tannins, this estate Cabernet still remains pleasantly silky and complex, and exhibits the iconic power and longevity that have become synonymous with The Leap.
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Steltzner Vineyards

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Martini Clone

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Taylor Family Vineyards

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Winemaker: Gustavo Brambila Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 36 Months on 100% New French Oak Tasting Profile: Dark in color with vibrant black cherry, blackberry and notes of cassis, tobacco, cocoa and violet. Classic velvety Stags Leap tannins round out the palate with power and grace. This vintage can be enjoyed now or aged for years to come.
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Terlato Family Vineyards

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Elizabeth Vianna Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in new French Oak Tasting Profile: This graceful wine shows aromas of cherry, blueberry and hints of clove and cocoa. On the palate, it is balanced with soft tannins at the core and a round, long finish.
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