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Michel Rolland Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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14.1% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Michel Rolland Cabernet Sauvignon offers a deep ruby/purple color along with notes of charcoal, white chocolate and creme de cassis, a full-bodied opulence, impeccable purity, decent acidity and ripe tannin that nicely frames the wine. This serious, rich Cabernet Sauvignon is as exceptional as one would expect from the winemaking genius of Michel Rolland.

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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This well-known wine consultant produces 250 cases of his 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon at the Alpha Omega winery. It is fashioned from a blend of many different vineyards, including Stagecoach on Atlas Peak, the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane and Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyards. Rolland delivers the goods in this 2012, which rivals his brilliant 2010. A dense purple color is accompanied by notes of charcoal, subtle barbecue smoke, creme de cassis, kirsch, licorice and vanillin. Full-bodied with low acidity, a fleshy, succulent, pure, well-endowed style, and a 40+-second finish, this rich, seriously endowed beauty is never over-the-top or out of balance. It is a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon such as Rolland has been making for over 35 years. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
JS 94
James Suckling
Lots of black currant, blueberry and mineral character here. Full body, polished, chewy tannins and a long and flavorful finish. From the well-known international consulting enologist from Bordeaux. Shows reserve from the vintage.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
This captures ripe, rich, firm blackberry, graphite and mineral notes, with a wall of extracted tannins on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2018 through 2028.
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Michel Rolland

Michel Rolland

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Michel Rolland, Napa Valley, California
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World renown as one of the most sought after consultants in the business Michel Rolland has worked with some of the most prolific vineyards and winery principals of our time. Michel has traveled the globe offering his expertise in production for hundreds of wineries in 13 different countries. He is also the owner of several properties in Bordeaux and is involved in joint ventures in South Africa, Spain and Argentina.

Michel has had a love affair with the Napa Valley for decades and has made wine with the likes of Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Sloan, Dalla Valle, Quintessa and the list goes on. MR is Michel’s first brand from Napa and he asked Jean Hoefliger to be his winemaker. They work together on the final blending.

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Napa Valley

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.

The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth reds with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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