Moone Tsai "Cor Leonis" Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Napa Valley, California) -  [RP 92-94] [ST 92-94] [AG 92] [JS 91]

Moone Tsai "Cor Leonis" Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
(Napa Valley, California) - [RP 92-94] [ST 92-94] [AG 92] [JS 91]


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Notes from the Winemaker:

This remarkable cabernet in its especially limited production quantities, receives our Cor Leonis designation, to mark its position as the very “best of our best” wines that we produce. Transfixed by the brightest star in the constellation Leo, the Romans dubbed it Cor Leonis, the “Heart of the Lion.”

Tasting Notes:
Bearing an extraordinary combination of fruit from a trifecta of Napa Valley’s most celebrated vineyard blocks, the 2012 Cor Leonis Cabernet is the epitome of our winemaking philosophy. Announcing itself with ripe black fruit on the nose, the wine bears all the hallmarks of a classic storied cabernet. Lush in the mouth, the wine teases with cocoa powder, hints of sweet vanilla, and wet stone. Twenty four months of framing in 90% new French oak provides elegant framing for this wine’s concentration and boldness. With its seamless integration of both sweet and finely grained tannins, the wine is opulent on the palate, and delivers a silky finish of length and elegance.

This richly expressive wine draws its prized fruit from Beckstoffer’s heralded To Kalon Vineyard, Pritchard Hill, and Caldwell Vineyard’s legendary Block - 15 – whose vines have flourished in the rocky, volcanic soil s of the heralded Coombsville District for over 30 years. The clone of Cabernet grown on this vineyard is prized for its complexity and depth, and the company of wines sourced from this vineyard is noteworthy.

Wine Facts:
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards: Caldwell/Coombsville District, To Kalon, Pritchard Hill
Production: 439 cases
Harvest Date: October 20 – 30, 2012
Cooperage: 90% new French oak; Taransaud, Ermitage, St. Martin
Bottle Date: January 28, 2015
Release Date: Scheduled for September - 2015

Ratings & Reviews



92-94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cor Leonis (which was scheduled to be bottled after I tasted it) spent 26 months in 90% new French oak. It offers up notes of vanillin, graphite, blackberries, cassis and spring flowers. This full-bodied, opulent, rich, concentrated 2012 reveals no hard edges, well-concealed tannins and structural components. It should be accessible upon release and drink well for 15-20 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Oct 2014)

92-94 Points - Stephen Tanzer:
"Bright medium ruby. Briary wild blackberry, cocoa powder, violet and a whiff of black pepper on the slightly high-toned nose. A silky, thick fruit bomb with superb lift to its blackberry and cassis flavors. This is still a baby but its vinosity, fruit intensity and very long, ripely tannic finish suggest that it may be the most complete wine to date under this label." - Stephen Tanzer (May 2014)

92 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cor Leonis is the richest, sweetest and most obvious of the reds in this range. As such, it will appeal most to readers who appreciate immediate, fruit-forward Cabernets. Mocha, tobacco and new French oak add both flavor and textural complexity in a racy Cabernet to drink over the next 10-15 years." - Antonio Galloni (October 2014)

91 Points - James Suckling:
A" rich and layered red with soft and silky tannins plus focused, intense blueberry and chocolate character. Full body. Very fruity finish. Drink or hold." - (July 28th, 2015)

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Bold, rich and dense, with a dusty, cedary earthiness running throughout, giving this a dried herb and leathery aftertaste that detracts from the initial push of opulent dark fruit. Drink now through 2024. 439 cases made." – JL (Oct 31, 2015)