Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

$69.99

One of California's most "ageable" Cabernets comes from Mount Eden's vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As always its on of the most limited Cabs we carry. 95 points Wine Enthusiast: *** Cellar Selection *** 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." 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. Looking at the 2013s from Jeffrey Patterson, these are serious wines that need to be on your short list for purchasing, and both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are in the top handful of wines in the appellation." This estate-bottled blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, in the main, with Merlot and a soupçon of Cabernet Franc, may be an outlier in the Pinot-dominated Santa Cruz Mountains today, but it comes with quite a pedigree: The vineyard was planted with a selection from pioneering vintner Martin Ray's late 1940s vineyard. That selection of Cabernet Sauvignon cuttings was taken from the La Questa Vineyard, which in turn was grafted in the 1890s to scions from Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux, France. "Mount Eden is one of the United States' great heritage estates," writes Robert Parker (8/2012).       . 

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Ratings on Delectable

Tobin Trevarthen Delectable Pro

This was a very nice blend. Shared with some Napa friends and we all commented on the plush taste.

This was a very nice blend. Shared with some Napa friends and we all commented on the plush taste.

9.3

Greg Hirson Delectable Pro

Corks and Barrels at Cork Supply USA

One of my favorite CA cabs. Great acid, well balanced, and lean. Lots of perfumed berry.

One of my favorite CA cabs. Great acid, well balanced, and lean. Lots of perfumed berry.

9.0

Ben Christen

Delicious cab, mushroom and great dark fruit and an empty bottle. Look for more.

Delicious cab, mushroom and great dark fruit and an empty bottle. Look for more.

9.5

Pippy Thatcher

Claudia's birthday dinner at Goodstone's. Best wine I've had.

Claudia's birthday dinner at Goodstone's. Best wine I've had.

10

Scott Rose

2012 vintage

2012 vintage

9.3

Jeff Orlowski

Oak and leather on nose, full body, mild tannins, dry. Complex palate with notes of coffee and dark fruits.

Oak and leather on nose, full body, mild tannins, dry. Complex palate with notes of coffee and dark fruits.

8.9

Jill M

Nice, smooth, cherry notes. Would like to have set it down for a while longer, but it was still drinking nicely.

Nice, smooth, cherry notes. Would like to have set it down for a while longer, but it was still drinking nicely.

9.0

Lauren Prial

Exceptional value. At roughly 1/4 of the price of its better-known neighbor in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this wine feels like an absolute steal. The nose is to die for and it’s nice and round in the mouth. Has weight to it but not as full-bodied as typical Bordeaux-style blends. If I had better storage conditions in my apartment, I would buy this in bulk!

Exceptional value. At roughly 1/4 of the price of its better-known neighbor in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this wine feels like an absolute steal. The nose is to die for and it’s nice and round in the mouth. Has weight to it but not as full-bodied as typical Bordeaux-style blends. If I had better storage conditions in my apartment, I would buy this in bulk!

9.3

ES

Fantastic Santa Cruz mountain Cab, classic flavor profile, restrained, so well balanced, a long and layered finish, closer to a rich Margaret River than a typical Napa.

Fantastic Santa Cruz mountain Cab, classic flavor profile, restrained, so well balanced, a long and layered finish, closer to a rich Margaret River than a typical Napa.

9.1

Matt Gibstein

W/ Molly

W/ Molly

9.0

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