Ramey "Pedregal Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
(Oakville, Napa Valley, California) - [RP 95-97] [WS 95] [WE 95] [ST 93-95]
Regular price $235.00 Sale price $189.97 Save $45.03
Notes From The Winemaker:
This is our ninth vintage from this small, outstanding vineyard on the lower slopes of the eastern Oakville hills. â€œPedregalâ€ means a rocky place in Spanish, and that is certainly a distinguishing feature of the site. During 2008 we agreed to a long-term lease of this vineyard which gives us complete control even through any change in ownership, so this is the fourth vintage weâ€™ve directed farming ourselves.
This year's Pedregal is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot co-fermented.
Aging the 2012 sur lies with monthly bÃ¢tonnage has coated the tannins and smoothly integrated the wood. We left this vintage 19 months in 100% new French barrels (Taransaud and Darnajou). Non-filtered.
2012 turned out to be a perfect vintage with clear sunny days and cool evenings. This produced a long, moderate growing season with extended hang time and even ripening, resulting in optimum tannin maturity and a deep range of flavors. The vintage ended with a textbook harvest starting on September 1st and ending exactly two months later on Halloween.
Ratings & Reviews
95-97 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard (88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot) boasts abundant notes of lead pencil shavings, espresso roast, chocolate, creme de cassis, and blackberries intertwined with notions of scorched earth and spice. Full-bodied, deep, and more masculine and powerful than the Annum, it, too, is a stunning example of Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink well for two decades." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Dec 2013)
95 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This features a deep, exotic streak of melted black licorice amid layers of blackberry and wild berry, supported by firm, fine-grained tannins and hints of espresso and graphite. Most impressive on the long, sustained finish that keeps repeating the core flavor themes. Drink now through 2028. 650 cases made." â€“ JL (Oct 31, 2015)
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"The producerâ€™s highest-end bottling, this is tightly wound in fine-grained tannins with complex, diverse undertones of chocolate mocha, cherry-vanilla, black tea and garrigue. Layered and balanced, it sends gentle waves of black currant and cassis to the palate, a floral element lurking behind the proceedings. This well-made wine will cellar nicely, through 2032." - Virginie Boone (7/1/2015)
93-95 Points - Stephen Tanzer:
"Glass-staining purple. Heady dark fruit liqueur, incense and mocha aromas are complicated by suggestions of candied flowers and woodsmoke. Spicy blackcurrant and blueberry flavors put on weight with air while retaining outstanding clarity, with a sexy floral accent gaining strength with air. Finishes on a licorice note, with superb thrust and smooth, slow-building tannins." - JR (May 2014)
89+ Points - Antonio Galloni:
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard comes across as surprisingly soft, with far less of the explosive energy the wine had in barrel. Perhaps the wine is going through a closed or stubborn phase, but both bottles I tasted were not up to the high standard David Ramey has set here over the years. This is a perplexing showing." - Antonio Galloni (September 2015)