Swanson "Alexis" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Napa Valley, California) - [JS 91] [WA 90]

Swanson "Alexis" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
(Napa Valley, California) - [JS 91] [WA 90]


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About the wine:

2012 was a near perfect growing season. A mild spring delivered good fruit set followed by a warm summer and fall, allowing perfect ripeness. With no pressure to pick, we were able to let the grapes hang on the vine to deliver the very best flavors. Thick skins and very little disease pressure gave us clean grapes that required little sorting in the winery.
COMPOSITION: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot
BARREL REGIME: 19 months in 225-liter oak barrels, 45% New French oak

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby garnet in the glass. Generous dark fruit aromas of cassis, plums and briar. On the palate this is an elegant take on Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, bringing a sophisticated tannin structure alongside a complex core of dark fruits and bright acidity. A touch of earthiness on the mid palate lends balance against the ripe blackcurrant back drop of sustained fruit. This wine will age beautifully over the next 10 years

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - James Suckling:
"A very fruity style, yet this is not overdone as it also offers form and tension. Blackberry and currant character. Medium body and a fresh finish. Turns soft and fruity. Drink or hold." (12/12/16)

90 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexis (1,572 cases made) offers abundant aromas of crème de cassis, licorice and spice, medium to full body, round tannins, decent acidity and good balance as well as depth. Approachable, it should continue to evolve nicely for a dozen years or more. This is the best set of bottled wines I have seen from Swanson in a number of years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Oct 2014)