Private Reserve 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
92 pts & Gold Medal, Critics Challenge 2016; A cult Cabernet from Oakville, Rutherford, and St Helena's best vineyards.
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- Napa Valley
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- Now through 2030
Bright fruit with currant and plum and integrated tannins ending in a long rich finish. Opened over an hour in a decanted and really nice
I'm usually not a fan of red wine, but this one changed my mind! I took it on a trip to Gatlinburg, TN with my best friend and we both loved it. We drank it with fudgey chocolate cupcakes and we finished them both off! In hindsight, I wish I had splurged and bought more. Thank you for providing a wonderful wine for our "girl trip"!
The Real Deal
Folks this is the real deal. This was one of our fine Thanksgiving wines that we offered our guests. It was full bodied, very smooth, highly complimented and was happily consumed very quickly. Maybe not the least expensive, but certainly one of the CH best! Great family, great friends, great wine.
Best of Six Pack
We drank the six pack of cabernets last week with some rib-eyes on the grill. The 2012 was big, bold and ready to go. This was a true Napa valley cab. The hold CH six pack was great. Hope they come out with another vertical of wine.
Baking spices with some mocha, caramel, and smoke on the nose. Great, BIG, smooth drink. So good! I had a bottle of The Federalist after this... Just swill. Seriously, a completely different beverage. Alright, that's not a surprise, but my point is this bottle is worth the investment. It's not just an overpriced bottle. This is simply in a different class and is worth being in the Private Reserve. My budget just does not allow for a lot of wine of this kind, but this is amazing stuff. Worth saving up for and buying more.
I am the classic wine collector/accumulator. I have a true love hate relationship with this wine. The love speaks for itself. It is full bodied with a silky finish, robust fruit and complexity that you typically spend at least 200-300 hundred to find. Frankly I’ve paid much more than that for wines I truly enjoyed but not as much as this! On the hate side, this wine is a perfect example why you don’t have to spend exorbitant amounts of money to have an inbibing experience that will stand up to any of the best wines in the world. So unless you are mad at your money, there is no reason to pay hundreds of dollars for a world class wine experience.
still an infant
opened a bottle of this highly extracted but massively tannic cab the other night, giving it an hour to breathe, vs 2012 Jordan and Coombsville (CH) cabs. Coombsville was universal group favorite, followed by Jordan, then the CH Private Reserve. All great wines but this is just not ready to drink. However, we followed up 1 and 2 days later, and the wine continued to improve. I think this one needs 5 - 10 years of cellaring, but expect it will be worth the wait.
Excellent Drinking Cabernet Sauvignon of Good Value
Although this Private Reserve was an excellent drinking Cabernet Sauvignon--the value is only rated as good because there was only a perceived marginal difference between this Private Reserve and the excellent quality of the Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the $20 to $30 price range.
Worth the spend
We purchased the 12 year when it came out along with the other Private Stock years. This was our favorite and bought again on Black Friday sale!
Tremendous trip away from the norm - I like to imagine half an acre of vines were used for each case....it is an experience, a journey; likely still on the youthful side today, it will be fascinating to experience my others down the road. Suitably impressed.