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estate-bottled
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2012 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

90 Points - Wine Spectator
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SKU: 040495
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This 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon displays the exceptional terroir of our 53 acres of hillside vineyards.  Deep and rich aromas of dark raspberry, cherry, and violet burst from the glass.  Full-bodied and well-focused, its silky tannins and elegant structure frame the dark cherry, berry, vanilla, and spicy black currant flavors on the palate. It finishes soft, yet persistent with evolving layers as the wine opens.

Ratings
90-92+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - December 2014. “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley, which is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, is their biggest cuvée of 3,640 cases. It is scheduled for bottling in January of 2015. Hints of graphite, black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit with some licorice, loamy soil, vanilla and spice box are all present in this medium to full-bodied wine. It’s full-bodied and relatively opulent with a nice tannic structure in the background. This should drink well for 15-20 years.” 90 Points - James Laube, Wine Spectator - August 2015. “Well done in a Bordeaux style, this shows dusty, cedary cigar box and tobacco notes amid graphite accents and gravel-laced tannins. The tannins have grip on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 3,640 cases made.” 91-93 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous - “Lancaster's 2012 Nicole's Proprietary Red Blend bursts from the glass with rose petals, dark red berries, cinnamon, cloves and menthol. Next to the 2011, the 2012 fills out in all directions; the aromatics are wonderfully expressive, yet there is plenty of fruit and structure.”; 93 Points - iwinereview.com.
Winemaker Notes
This 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon displays the exceptional terroir of our 53 acres of hillside vineyards. Deep and rich aromas of dark raspberry, cherry, and violet burst from the glass. Full-bodied and well-focused, its silky tannins and elegant structure frame the dark cherry, berry, vanilla, and spicy black currant flavors on the palate. It finishes soft, yet persistent with evolving layers as the wine opens. An approachable wine in its youth, this Cabernet will only gain complexity and will drink well for the next 15-20 years.
Other Notes
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Alexander Valley
Harvest Date
Between September 24 and October 20, 2012
Acid
5.6 g/L
pH
3.84
Aging
22 months in 100% French oak, 70% new; Darnajou, Taransaud, Demptos, Saury, and Bel Air coopers.
Alcohol %
14.50
Wine Spectator
90
Wine Advocate
90
Production Notes
The 2012 was aged 22 months in 100% French oak. We chose barrels from several coopers including Darnajou, Taransaud, Demptos, Saury, and Bel Air. 70% of the barrels were new, and coopered using a combination of Medium Plus, Medium Long, and Heavy toasts levels to provide better integration and balance.
Vineyard Notes
In almost all respects, 2012 was a textbook growing season. Milk weather with little rain and no heat waves of consequence allowed for prime fruit set. We harvested the grapes between September 24, and October 20, 2012. Overall, the wines have great uniformity, outstanding balance, and very soft and mature tannins.
Production
3,640 cases produced