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The 2012 BRAND Cabernet Sauvignon combines power and elegance. Vibrant, complex, rich and supple, its tannins are silky and round. Aromas of boysenberry, black cherry, cassis, espresso, a hint of mint and toasted oak jump from the glass and reveal a multi-dimensional mouthfeel that is both textured and layered.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
487 cases produced

Vineyard / Vintage / Vinification >>

HARVESTED October 1-15, 2012

At an elevation of up to 1600 feet overlooking Lake Hennessey on Pritchard Hill is the well-drained rocky red volcanic soil above the cloud and fog line; the ultimate vineyard environment of BRAND.

Due to the drought conditions during the winter, bud break came early, with perfect weather and stress from lack of water contributing smaller, more intense fruit. All of this allowed for yields ranging from 20% to 30% higher than historical averages.

Grapes were sorted in the field and winery and fermented in small, jacketed stainless steel tanks. Barrel aging occurred in 85% new French oak for 24 months and the wine is bottled without fining or filtration.

Reviews >>

Wine Advocate — 95 points

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 19 months in 70% new French oak, represents 480 cases of sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Fresh-roasted mocha-infused coffee notes interwoven with blackberry, cassis, blueberry and a touch of white flowers emerge from this opaque purple-colored, full-bodied, velvety smooth and luscious wine. Drink it over the next 15 or more years.

Vinous — 96 points

Another magnificent wine, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is wonderfully alive and vibrant in the glass. Rich, layered and sumptuous - yet with a wonderful sense of freshness - the 2012 is all about balance. The interplay of intense fruit, aromatics, acidity and tannins is world class. It's as simple as that.