Mount Eden Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
(Santa Cruz Mountains, California) - [WE 95] [VM 94] [WA 95]
Regular price $120.00 Sale price $109.99 Save $10.01
About the Winery:
Located in the mountains above Saratoga. Mount Eden Vineyards was founded in 1945, although its history goes back much further: Native Burgundian Paul Masson arrived in California in 1878, established a winery, planted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with cuttings obtained from his Burgundian pal Louis Latour, and pioneered the production of sparkling wine in the Santa Cruz Mountains. But then came prohibition to ruin it all. Then came the legend Martin Ray in 1943 to buy Masson's wine company and plant those cuttings in what is now the Mount Eden Estate, sitting 2,000 feet overlooking Saratoga and the entire Bay Area. He also planted Cabernet Sauvignon with cuttings from Chateau Margaux.
Today, the Mount Eden wines show the same amazing qualities found in many of the 1er and Grand Crus of Burgundy; minerality, complexity, ripe orchard fruit, but restrained use of new oak.
Notes from the Winemaker:
The Santa Cruz Mountains holds a special distinction. It is home to the only two estate-bottled mountain Cabernets that are truly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and both have been at it awhile: Ridge Monte Bello (1962) and Mount Eden Estate (1946). If you appreciate the qualities that result in Bordeaux varieties grown on the edge - namely, low alcohols, earth-driven flavors and unique terroir - these are the best examples.
2012 was a great California Cabernet vintage. Even though a drought year, the season was long and cool. Harvest started on October 4th and ended October 26th. The slow autumnal ripening allowed the fruit to develop beautiful depth and complexity. Finally, after two years in our cellar and two years in the bottle, we present this extraordinary wine.
Distinctive aromas of blackberry, black pepper, cardamom, sage and earth abound. The flavors are rich and balanced (13% alcohol) with impressive depth on the mid-palate. The acidity is high, indicating a long evolution yet the balance of tannin is integrated.
Yield: 2.0 tons per acre
Harvest: October 4th-26th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.5° Brix, 3.4 pH, 5.7 grams acidity
Cepage: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot
Barrel Regimen: French; 60% new; aged 23 months in barrel
Bottling: August 2014; no fining or filtration
Ratings & Reviews
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Extremely elegant and restrained at first on the nose, this bottling eventually shows gravel and crushed rocks, with hints of blackberry and forest underbrush also emerging. A very firm structure weaves together an incredibly well-integrated wine, with dense mulberry and dried-fennel notes that morph into crushed herbs with time. Drink 2018-2032." - Matt Kettmann (12/1/2016)
94 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, intense wine that tastes much riper than the 13% stated on the label. Black cherry jam, plum, game, mocha, licorice and dark spices are all pushed forward. I would prefer to give the 2012 at least a few years in bottle to shed some baby fat." - Antonio Galloni (June 2016)
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot) is beautiful. Giving up lots of black and blue fruits, tobacco leaf, sweet oak and graphite, this fabulous Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet is medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and focused, with fine tannin and impeccable balance. It shows its class on the lengthy finish as well. It's a baby and needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and will have more than two decades of overall longevity." - Jeb Dunnuck (Oct 2016)