Thanks to frequent rains and warm temperatures, a rather steamy spring and summer kept the vineyard team humming. We recall optimistically commenting at the end of August that if Mother Nature decided to cooperate, we would have a wonderful year. Fortunately, she lavished us with cool, dry weather throughout the entire autumn. The early warmth gave the wines generosity, and the perfect autumn conditions ensured concentrated and balanced fruit.
Hints of cassis, forest floor and graphite indicate the beginnings of a rather complex and intriguing wine. Firm and dense on the palate, this is a wine with considerable backbone that at once provides power and finesse with a long, lingering finish. Though just as easily savored in its youth with aeration, this is a wine with a long and impressive future.
“This is the top wine from Rutger de Vink's exceptional Virginia operation with Eric Boissenot as consultant. Very dark crimson. Very fresh nose with real energy and intense ripe Cabernet notes. Dry and firm with a powerful core of ripe Cabernet fruit. If you are thinking of drinking this in the near future, make sure you aerate it well. Dense and intense. 14.5% Drink 2018-2030”
18/20 Jancis Robinson
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 53%
CABERNET FRANC 27%
Dark fruit and sweet pastry aromas fill the glass, hinting at the generosity of this very favorable vintage. A rich and vibrant entry slowly gives way to a creamy mid palate supported by a velvety finish. The wine is quite approachable in its youth, with a concentration that should offer pleasure for years to come.
“Very dark purplish crimson. Wonderfully friendly, creamy, broad and ripe. This is classic ripe, subtle, sweet-but-not-sickly fruit with a velvety texture. Just a little bit hot on the end. This does taste like fermented velvet! Quite enough freshness on the end. Really quite forward and already gulpable. Not for the long term and presumably long on Merlot. 14.5%, Drink 2016-2022”
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 25%
CABERNET FRANC 22%
PETIT VERDOT 9%
Long growing seasons are often credited with producing wines of elevated aromatic and flavor complexity, and this is exactly what happened in 2012. The growing season began ten days early but mild temperatures and consistent rains resulted in a harvest that was a week later than usual. Several weeks of a stunning Indian summer in September provided the ideal amount of stress to beautifully ripen the Merlot and give the Cabernet Sauvignon the gentle push it needed. The resulting wines are characterized by rich flavors, charming aromatics, and a seamless structure.