2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Annum, Napa Valley
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"(This wine) boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious aromas of licorice, smoked meats, camphor, graphite and oodles of crème de cassis and coffee beans. Full-bodied with sweet tannin and a dramatic, ostentatious personality, it should drink well for 15-20 years. "96pts – 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.
The Annum blend this year is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc.
Aging the 2012 sur lies with monthly bâtonnage has coated the tannins and smoothly integrated the wood. We aged this vintage 24 months in completely new French barrels (Taransaud and Demptos). Non-filtered.
The seventh vintage of this blend–it represents our version of a “winemaker’s wine.” Annum is the one red wine we make each year that allows us to select from a range of prestigious vineyards to make the best blend possible that vintage.