Go­ing Back to Cali

The 2012 vin­tage could be one of the best in decades for top Napa Val­ley es­tates, which pro­duced reds of great pu­rity and clar­ity with struc­ture and fi­nesse. As well as the in­ten­sity of fruit ex­pected in a top year, the wines dis­play the unique char­ac­ter

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Dana Es­tates Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon Ruther­ford Napa Val­ley Helms Vine­yard 2012

Ex­tra­or­di­nary aro­mas of metal shav­ings, black­cur­rant and hazelnut that turn to rose and vi­o­let. Full body, sexy and el­e­gant. A tri­umph. Try in 2019 but hard not to drink now. Septem­ber re­lease.

99 points Opus One Napa Val­ley 2012

One of the most ex­cit­ing ever from Opus. So much char­ac­ter, with black­cur­rant, blue­berry, dark choco­late and for­est flower. A full body with seam­less tan­nins. Oc­to­ber re­lease.

97 points Scream­ing Ea­gle Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon Napa Val­ley 2012

A com­bi­na­tion of deca­dence and ex­ac­ti­tude. Shows in­cred­i­ble pu­rity of fruit, with laven­der, sage and black­cur­rant char­ac­ter. Full-bod­ied and struc­tured, it’s a new bench­mark for mod­ern Napa cabs.

100 points Col­gin IX Es­tate Napa Val­ley 2012

Fab­u­lous in­ten­sity and en­ergy, and so com­plex, with wet earth, vi­o­let, black­cur­rant, black olive, sweet tobacco and black­berry. Give it un­til 2019 to soften.

98 points

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