Winemaker's Tasting Note
Generous in blackberry, blueberry, dark cherry and plum, the lush 2012 Cabernet is youthful, delicious and satisfyingly refined now, but has layers of complexity and immense concentration telling of its aging potential. Graphite and black licorice notes and graham cracker oak spice add nuance and the long, powdery tannins provide structure. The wine is impressive for its harmony of power, intensity and vitality.
About The Vintage
The Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is handcrafted with grapes from several unique benchland vineyards representing the major sub-appellations of Napa Valley. For the 2012 vintage, the fruit was sourced from some of the most highly regarded winegrowers in Napa Valley—Vine Hill Ranch in the Oakville AVA, the Morisoli Vineyard in the Rutherford AVA, the Frediani Vineyard in the Calistoga AVA, the Meteor Vineyard in Coombsville, and the Schoenstein Vineyard on the north end of St. Helena. By deliberately sourcing fruit from this group of exemplary vineyards, the assembled wine exhibits the range of Cabernet fruit flavors and textures with vitality and finesse.