2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Pedregal Vineyard, Oakville

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Vintage Notes

"This is David Ramey’s Chateau Margaux—sensual and cerebral at the same time from brilliant start to intoxicatingly beautiful finish…" 100pts – The Corkscrewer Report, November 2015

 

"This sexy, full-throttle, opaque purple-colored 2012 boasts fabulous concentration along with copious notes of pen ink, blueberries, blackberries, and hints of graphite and espresso bean. Deep, full-bodied and multidimensional, this sensational Cabernet should drink well for 20-25 years." 97+pts – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, December 2014

 

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.

Winemaking

This year's Pedregal is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot co-fermented.

 

Aging the 2012 sur lies with monthly bâtonnage 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.

Winemaker Notes

This is our ninth vintage from this small, outstanding vineyard on the lower slopes of the eastern Oakville hills.  “Pedregal” 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 we’ve directed farming ourselves.

Tech Sheet

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard

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