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2012 Kuleto Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

2012 Kuleto Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

91 Points - JamesSuckling.com
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SKU: 007304

Fresh blackberry syrup, fresh ground black pepper (floral and spicy), and fresh thyme dominate the aroma. The mouth is densely flavored, plush, and succulent.

Ratings
91 Points - JamesSuckling.com - "A juicy and savory red with blackberry and hints of toasted oak, but not overdone. Full, soft and chewy. Drink in 2016"
Awards
Double Gold Medal Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival, March 2017
Winemaker Notes
The color of the 2012 is as fresh and bright as the day it was put to barrel. Fresh blackberry syrup, fresh ground black pepper (floral and spicy), and fresh thyme dominate the aroma. The mouth is densely flavored, plush, and succulent. The wine is as immediately appealing as the 2009 was but has the structure to outlive it by years. The morning after having drunk it recently at home, my glass was stained dark purple and the aromas still lingered.
Composition
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, (plus 7% Syrah, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot, 2% Cab Franc, 1% Petit Verdot (each co-fermented with Cab Sauv at harvest)
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Napa Valley
Acid
6.0 g/l
pH
3.73
Aging
20 months in 100% French oak, 40% new, racked twice
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Spectator
88
Production Notes
Vintage 2012 was considered perfect by the prognosticators as soon as the last grapes were making their way to the wineries. It was perfect in the sense that quality and quantity benefited both grower and winemaker. The weather cooperated throughout all critical parts of the growing season to produce beautifully ripe and flavorful fruit. Putting together the 2012 estate Cabernet Sauvignon blend posed a challenge due to a wealth of riches from such a vintage. Every lot was of such high quality that it was hard to high-grade any wine. It wasn’t until we tasted barrel by barrel that subtle differences in quality emerged within and among the wines. Our goal for the ‘estate’ blend is to create a wine that broadly represents Kuleto Estate in a given vintage. Barrels were selected from 11 different lots of wine that originated from 24 different blocks on the property. The hallmarks of the vintage were opulent fruit aromas and lush tannins. Though it was a warm vintage, there were no over-ripe aromas, and the wines retained their strong varietal and location-driven characters.

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