Vintage 2012
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region St. Helena, Napa Valley
Winemaker Jon Priest

The St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon was the second appellation wine to be introduced in our Cabernet series of very small bottlings dedicated to the benchland sub-appellations of Napa Valley. Located in the upper Napa Valley, the Schoenstein Vineyard, owned by Margaret Schoenstein and her family, serves as the single vineyard source for this wine. The vineyard sits on a pronounced alluvial fan along the Mill Creek on the north end of the St. Helena appellation. This bottling comes from a four acre vineyard of older vines where Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grow adjacent to one another.

Source: Napa Valley (St. Helena)
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinification: Aged 22 months in French oak barrels (80% new)
Production: 237 cases

Winemaker's Tasting Note

The 2012 St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon is exceptionally polished and impresses for its fragrant red fruit aromatics, fine, silky tannins and pure grace. The wine exhibits cassis, black cherry, black plum and cedar box spice. A great example of the vintage, this small bottling drinks well today yet has notable depth and balance to drink beautifully over the next decade.

237 cases produced.

About The Vintage

The 2012 vintage began with exceptional, moderate weather that brought virtually no harm to the grapes all the way through fruit-set. The ideal long and mild days continued into the summer and were followed by a cooler-than-normal period at the end of September, allowing for preservation of fruit aromatics, freshness and natural acidity. 2012 will be remembered for its abundance of high-quality fruit, which deliberately ripened to full and balanced maturity thanks to the notably cool temperatures.

Vineous Media - 93 points

“Black cherries, plums, mocha and dark spices are all pushed forward in Etude's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena. Exuberant, ripe and flashy, the 2012 offers notable depth and voluptuousness in a racy style that is typical of the northern corridor of St. Helena. Drink it over the next decade or so.” - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.

Wine Advocate - 93+ points

“The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena is another winner. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this full-bodied, multidimensional effort reveals notes of graphite, blackcurrants, blackberries, subtle barbecue smoke and camphor. Deep, voluptuously textured and long with well-integrated wood, acidity, tannin and alcohol, it can be drunk over the next 12-15+ years.” - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.