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
Delicious for my first CH Wine
This wine was given to me for my birthday recently. I was not sure what to expect from an American ‘Negociant’ wine, but I was willing to give it a try!
Very dark and thick in the glass, which is telltale for what I am expecting. The nose is plums and mocha with some eucalyptus. The initial taste is as predicted. Full bodied, rich, creamy and delicious. Tannins are at the forefront but not overwhelming. Plums, blackberry and a touch of oak are all part of the package. Mid palate wise, the acidity and tannic dryness roll in and take over from the fruit, not that this is a bad thing as I am enjoying the texture tremendously. The finish is well defined, long and consists of more plums, spice box and the well framed tannins. There is a cigar box component that I just noticed as well. Delicious. Overall, this is a well crafted wine that I am enjoying while Moxie cooks up some Sirloins in a peppercorn sauce. 91 points, drinking now till 2022. Pricey at $75, until you realize you are drinking Napa Cabernet- well worth it and 4 stars from me. Salut….
A nice cab
A few days after finally trying the 2011, I opened the 2012. It is a pleasant cab; it's not near the 2011, but they can't all be the same. Drinks nicely around - but not near - the pool table. I bought another bottle (which I notice is sold out now) to keep my 7-year vertical intact.
Smooth and Dark
This was the first bottle of wine I paid over $30 for. Birthday present from my wife. But well worth it. This was smoothest, darkest, richest tasting Cab I've ever had. Highly recommend to try at least once.
This Cabernet was amazing! Smooth, full of flavor & so enjoyable with our steak dinner! Truly a wine to be spoiled with & make every subsequent bottle just . . . less! ;) Treat yourself to this one!
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.