2012 Rombauer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stice Lane Vineyard

2012 Rombauer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stice Lane Vineyard
2012 Rombauer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stice Lane Vineyard

Fruit for this wine was sourced from the Rombauer Vineyards‘s estate Stice Lane Vineyard in the St. Helena AVA .  A former river bed, the site’s gravel deposits provide ideal soils for growing concentrated full-bodied Cab.   Sustainable farming practices were utilized throughout the growing season.   The vineyard is  Napa Green/Fish Friendly Farming certified.  Fruit for this wine was sourced from the D Block, planted in 1995.   From the near perfect 2012 vintage, all fruit was picked and sorted by hand.  After de-stemming, the grapes were optically sorted.  The wine was barrel-fermented and basked pressed before being racked to French oak barrels for fermentation and aging.  100% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Aged 18 months in 100% new French oak.

The wine pours a dark purple-red color with very appealing black and red fruits, tobacco, nutmeg, and violet aromas. On palate it’s full-bodied, fresh and harmonious with well-integrated, polished tannins. It shows cassis, blackberry, black cherry, licorice and vanilla flavors and a long satisfying finish. Approachable now, but will benefit from further aging. (Outstanding; 91-92 pts)   

Pair with  Steak au Poivre, or Becker Venison Medallions from  Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker.

14.8% abv | 250 cases produced |$90(sample)

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2 Comments Add yours

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Michelle. I’m not of fan of the Chardonnay, so the reds were a bit of pleasant surprise!

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