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Mount Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Wine Enthusiast 95pts:

Extremely elegant and restrained at first on the nose, this bottling eventually shows gravel and crushed rocks, with hints of blackberry and forest underbrush also emerging. A very firm structure weaves together an incredibly well-integrated wine, with dense mulberry and dried-fennel notes that morph into crushed herbs with time. Drink 2018–2032. Cellar Selection."

Robert Parker 94pts:

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot) is beautiful. Giving up lots of black and blue fruits, tobacco leaf, sweet oak and graphite, this fabulous Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet is medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and focused, with fine tannin and impeccable balance. It shows its class on the lengthy finish as well. It's a baby and needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and will have more than two decades of overall longevity.

Vinous 94pts:

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, intense wine that tastes much riper than the 13% stated on the label. Black cherry jam, plum, game, mocha, licorice and dark spices are all pushed forward. I would prefer to give the 2012 at least a few years in bottle to shed some baby fat. Jeffrey Patterson is one of the most laid back producers in California. His wines? They speak volumes. The Chardonnays are particularly strong this year at both the Domaine Eden and Mount Eden labels. Patterson told me 2013 a drought year, reminds him of 1984. I will take his word for it, as I was barely a teenager at the time. But tasting the wines, it is clear they are truly special from top to bottom. Although it gets a bit lost in the shuffle, the Old Vines Chardonnay (formerly Wolff), made from Edna Valley fruit, offers superb quality for the money. (Galloni)

From the winemaker:

The Santa Cruz Mountains holds a special distinction. It is home to the only two estate-bottled mountain Cabernets that are truly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and both have been at it awhile: Ridge Monte Bello (1962) and Mount Eden Estate (1946). If you appreciate the qualities that result in Bordeaux varieties grown on the edge--namely, low alcohols, earth-driven flavors and uniqueterroir--these are the best examples.
 
2012 was a great California Cabernet vintage. Even though a drought year, the season was long and cool. Harvest started on October 4th and ended October 26th. The slow autumnal ripening allowed the fruit to develop beautiful depth and complexity. Finally, after two years in our cellar and two years in the bottle, we present this extraordinary wine.
 
Distinctive aromas of blackberry, black pepper, cardamom, sage and earth abound. The flavors are rich and balanced (13% alcohol) with impressive depth on the mid-palate. The acidity is high, indicating a long evolution yet the balance of tannin is integrated.
Total Production: 1,546 cases

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Category: 2012, 90+ points, California



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