In the eighth vintage of this appellation Cabernet blend, it is a combination of hillside and valley floor vineyard grapes. The style combines the harmony by traditional Bordelaise winemaking techniques with the volumptuousness gained from California's weather, especially in this perfect vintage.
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 3% Petite Verdot
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. It reveals deeper, richer cassis fruit than the 2011 or 2010, a sweet, velvety mouthfeel, and a medium to full-bodied texture. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
Range: 91-93 Points"
The Wine Advocate
"Bright purple. Intense, smoke-accented aromas of cherry and blackcurrant, with Indian spice and floral notes adding complexity. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering energetic dark fruit flavors and a hint of chewing tobacco. Closes tangy and long, with slow-building tannins and very good focus."
International Wine Cellar
"Ramey's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with layers of flavor and pure intensity. Expressive floral and spice notes add lift, but there is no shortage of vintage 2012 raciness and intensity here. Firm yet well-integrated tannins support layers of creamy, highly expressive fruit. This is shaping up to be a very pretty wine from David Ramey.
Range: 90-92 Points"
Vinous / Antonio Galloni