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
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.