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2012 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon

94 Points: Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast

92 Points: Antonio Galloni, Vinous

91 Points: Robert Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate


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Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District
6.0 g/L
22 months 55% new French oak
Residual Sugar
0.90 g/L
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Robert Parker

Our flagship wine continues our commitment to crafting single vineyard and single varietal wines continues with the 13th vintage grown from our Stags Leap District estate vineyard. A new high watermark for the Napa Valley, the 2012 vintage continues to exceed expectations.

94 points in Wine Enthusiast: "Spicy and leathery, this lovely wine unfolds with waves of red and blue fruit, from cassis to huckleberry and blueberry pie. Balanced and elegant, it has a substantive, complex finish, revisiting its black pepper introduction around a finely tuned finale of herb. Enjoyable now, it will take on deeper complexity through 2022."

92 points in Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label is quite pretty in this vintage. Floral and quite lifted for a Stags Leap Cabernet, the 2012 emerges from the glass with sweet raspberries, rose petals, mint and a subtle hint of spices. The style is decidedly feminine and nuanced throughout."

91 points in Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label Stags Leap District offers lots of creme de cassis and spring flower characteristics, a judicious touch of toasty oak, medium to full body and supple, velvety tannins. This lush, heady, classic Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well for 12-15 years."

Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Purchased in 1998, the Family Ranch is located in the Stags Leap District AVA of the Napa Valley. The climate is known for a longer growing season of warm days and cool nights—perfect for late-maturing varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon with a signature style from this region known for its distinctive combination of power and elegance. We have 17.58 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Cabernet Franc. Our production facility, barrel cave and visitor center are also located here.
Production Notes
All of our fruit passes through a small de-stemmer and is never crushed. We then bleed about 10% of the juice to allow for an increased ratio of skin to juice which adds structure, mouthfeel and color to the final wine. After 3 days of cold soak, the juice is inoculated and ferments for approximately 14 days. The wine is then pressed into tank and allowed to settle for 24 hours. The wine is then racked clean into 100% French oak barrels where it passes through malolactic fermentation and then ages for 20 months prior to bottling.
Winemaker Notes
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Single Vineyard. Clonsal selction of 8, 227 and 2.
1,931 cases produced
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