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2012 Lancaster Estate Nicole's Proprietary Red (375ml)

2012 Lancaster Estate Nicole's Proprietary Red (375ml)

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Powerful aromas of dark cherry, lavender, mocha, and spice. A silky texture with flavors of dark fruits expanding over the mid palate with blueberry, blackberry and a finish of dark chocolate.

This 2012 Nicole’s Proprietary Red is a blend of our estate’s finest blocks and barrels from those blocks. The final composition consists of three of the Bordeaux varietals grown here: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Merlot. The wine opens with powerful aromas of dark cherry, lavender, mocha, and spice. Its silky texture leads into flavors of dark fruits that expand over the mid palate with endless layers of blueberry, blackberry and a finish of dark chocolate. This wine is a pure expression of Lancaster Estate.

Ratings
93 Points - Wine Spectator. This exciting red highlights ripe, juicy dark and red berry fruit, gaining depth with black licorice and dusty herb touches. Cedar- and gravel-accented tannins complement the long, layered finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. Drink now through 2026.—J.L. 91-94 Points - Robert Parker. “The 2012 Proprietary Red Nicole’s is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec and Merlot put together by winemaking consul - tant David Ramey. This is a beauty, with blue - berry, sweet camphor and charcoal notes inter - mixed with blackcurrant and a touch of subtle barrique aromas. It’s dense, medium to full-bod - ied, pure and lushly textured. About 740 cases were produced of this outstanding proprietary red. Drink now-2028.”; 91-93 Points - Antonio Galloni Vinous.
Winemaker Notes
This 2012 Nicole’s Proprietary Red is a blend of our estate’s finest blocks and barrels from those blocks. The final composition consists of three of the Bordeaux varietals grown here: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Merlot. The wine opens with powerful aromas of dark cherry, lavender, mocha, and spice. Its silky texture leads into flavors of dark fruits that expand over the mid palate with endless layers of blueberry, blackberry and a finish of dark chocolate. This wine is a pure expression of Lancaster Estate.
Composition
94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Red Blends
Appellation
Alexander Valley
Harvest Date
Sept. 27 - Oct. 20, 2012
Acid
5.4 g/L
pH
3.86
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Spectator
93
Robert Parker
91
Production Notes
In almost all respects, 2012 was a textbook growing season. Mild weather with little rain and no heat waves of consequence allowed for prime fruit set. We harvested the grapes between September 27, and October 20, 2012. Overall, the wines have great uniformity, outstanding balance, and very soft an mature tannins. Consistent with Lancaster Estate’s commitment to making wines of authenticity and place, all of our wines are estate grown, produced and bottled. Native yeasts are used for primary fermentation while secondary malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in barrel. To preserve the truest expression of our estate, the Lancaster Estate 2012 Nicole’s Proprietary Red was gently fined and then bottled unfiltered. The 2012 was aged 22 months in 100% French oak. We chose barrels from several coopers including Darnajou, Taransaud, Demptos, Saury, and Bel Air. 100% of the barrels were new, and coopered using a combination of Medium Plus, Medium Long, and Heavy toast levels to provide better integration and balance.

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