2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Pedregal Vineyard, Oakville

Publication

KensWineGuide.com

Author

Ken Hoggins

Date

December 2015

Rating

96

Review

This dark ruby colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Ramey opens with a musty earth and wet slate bouquet with hints of cedar, pomegranate and red cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is mild strawberry and cherry blend with notes of mild minerality, chocolate and gentle oak. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are smooth and fade away nicely. The panel suggested pairing this Cabernet with veal shanks or braised short ribs. Enjoy – KWGTP

Publication

The Corkscrewer Report

Author

Johannes Marlena and Ryan Koczara

Date

November 2015

Rating

100

Review

Perfection is never the goal. Is the Mona Lisa perfect? Is Citizen Kane? Is James Joyce’s Ulysses? Awarding a wine 100 points only when it’s perfect, to our publication, seems like a futile exercise. And besides, who’s the arbiter of what’s perfect, anyway? The Pedregal Cab is a monumental expression of California winemaking. It’s one gorgeous, epic masterpiece. Epic doesn’t mean grandiose. Ansel Adams’ famous black & white photographs of Yosemite’s rugged peaks aren’t grandiose but they are epic and stately and glorious and monumental. The Pedregal is all of these things, but what is even more remarkable about this wine is its finesse. A delicate and silky-smooth yet robust texture on the palate that coaxes out the wine’s multifaceted complexities is how one comes to define great finesse. There’s one First Growth Bordeaux wine in particular known for its astounding finesse: Chateau Margaux. This is David Ramey’s Chateau Margaux—sensual and cerebral at the same time from brilliant start to intoxicatingly beautiful finish. David is adamant that his Pedregal holds up in comparison to stratospherically-priced California cult Cabs like Screaming Eagle. We have no reason whatsoever to doubt it, and so, we think this wine is a perfect way to spend $200.

Publication

Decanter

Author

Linda Murphy

Date

November 5, 2015

Rating

93 & California Cabernet 2012: Top 10

Review

Excellent grip and complexity, with unfolding cassis, chocolate, forest floor, pencil lead and oak spice notes.  Click here to read more.
 

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

August 12, 2015

Rating

95 & Hot Wine Pick

Review

This wine features a deep, exotic streak of melted black licorice amid layers of blackberry and wild berry, supported by firm, finegrained 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. From California.—J.L.

Publication

JamesSuckling.com

Author

James Suckling

Date

July 29, 2015

Rating

91

Review

A chewy and flavorful red with dried fruit, leather and spice character. Full body, chewy tannins and a long finish. Drink or hold.