2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
90 pointsDec 15, 2014
Best BuyNov 01, 2014
This bold style Cabernet Sauvignon displays great complexity and structure. There are aromas of dark berry fruits and plum on the nose with chocolate and vanilla on the palate. This wine pairs well with beef tenderloin or hearty pasta.
Blend: 98% Cabernet, 2% Merlot
Total Acidity 0.56 g/100 mL
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Barrel Aging: 1/3 new oak for 16 months
Fermentaion: 6–10 days on skins
Spring temperatures in Eastern Washington started off relatively cool but rose quickly, and the region soon settled in to a more typical weather pattern.
Summer was predictably warm though without any prolonged excessive heat events, with temperatures rarely breaking 100° Fahrenheit.
Late summer and early fall brought on slightly cooler daytime highs and a significant diurnal shift, a pattern that continued well into October.
A few sporadic rain showers in mid-to-late October were quickly dissipated by persistent winds and had no effect on the harvest.
Overall the 2012 harvest was outstanding; the red wines are flavorful and rich with ripe tannins.
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Every aspect of the winemaking process is carefully controlled during the production of Grand Estates. These uncompromising winemaking practices – while time-consuming and costly – are the only way to guarantee that every bottle of Grand Estates represents the varietal expression of the region. It’s this devotion to quality that has cemented Grand Estates as one of the world’s best wine values.