2012 Meteor Vineyard Special Family Reserve Single Bottle


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From the Winemaker:
A deep rich color with a brilliant red-blue hue announces the 2012 Meteor SFR. A wine where red currents and a bright cherry-chocolate cordial fruit dominate the aromas, overlaid with highlights of blackberry, red peppercorns, clove, and cinnamon. On the palate the fruit pops; dense, lush, and silky. The intensity of the fruit is balanced with deeper base notes of black pepper and tobacco leaf. The tannins are exquisitely supple for a wine of this age. Dawnine Dyer

From the Critic:
A deep, dense wine, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Family Reserve boasts fabulous texture and resonance. The flavors are dark, bold and incisive, with hints of mocha and spice that add expressive dimensions of complexity. The 2012 can be drunk young, but it will be even better with a few more years in bottle. 96 Points Antonio Galloni

From the Estate Director:
A rare vintage that yielded tremendous quality as well as quantity, our vineyard yielded fruit of impressive concentration and structure. The volcanic soils, paired with a long and even growing season, produced a wine of uncommon power and richness, yet intricately balanced and structured. A unique wine in Napa, produced from 100% Clone 7, the 2012 SFR is showing extraordinary lushness and finesse, and though an ideal candidate for aging, can be enjoyed on release with an hour decant. Eric Smith

From the Vineyard Manager:
2012 can be characterized as a long, moderate growing season and quite a relief after the challenges of 2011. The cool summer required a careful handwork to keep vine canopies open to maximize airflow while still providing protection from sunburn, and minimal use of irrigation. Yields were a bit higher than is typical for the vineyard, but the long period of ripening without any significant heat spikes allowed for full maturity and flavor development. The fruit was harvested in beautiful condition during the third week of October, in advance of the first significant rain of the fall. Mike Wolf