Terlato Vineyards Devils' Peak 2012

Varietal: Region :
Napa Valley, California
$56.99

SKU# 0016002003512


Quick Overview

Anthony Terlato, a leader in the wine industry for over 50 years, is a particular devotee of red Bordeaux blends. To pay tribute to some of his favorite Bordeaux wines he created a special selection of varietal blends. And thus the “Peak Series” of wines of Napa Valley Bordeaux blends were born to honor some grand crus of Bordeaux.

This is a multi-faceted wine, with vibrant acidity and understated spices. There are blueberry and floral notes with hints of jasmine tea. Full bodied with bright acidity and integrated tannins; Opulent and complex with a long, persistent finish.

Enjoyable while young, this wine can also be aged up to 25 years.
Style:
Complex, Fruity, Spicy
Flavor:
Blueberry, Jasmine, Ripe Blackberry, Spices
Pairs with:
Italian Sausage, Lamb, Steak, Swiss Cheese
Terlato Vineyards Devils' Peak
Details
Anthony Terlato, a leader in the wine industry for over 50 years, is a particular devotee of red Bordeaux blends. To pay tribute to some of his favorite Bordeaux wines he created a special selection of varietal blends. And thus the “Peak Series” of wines of Napa Valley Bordeaux blends were born to honor some grand crus of Bordeaux. This is a multi-faceted wine, with vibrant acidity and understated spices. There are blueberry and floral notes with hints of jasmine tea. Full bodied with bright acidity and integrated tannins; Opulent and complex with a long, persistent finish. Enjoyable while young, this wine can also be aged up to 25 years.
Bottle Size 750 ml
Appellation Napa Valley
Grape Varieties Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Maker Doug Fletcher
Alcohol Percentage 14.4%
Fermentation Each vineyard block is vinified separately. Like the traditional method in Bordeaux, the wines are assessed in January with final blending done in March.
Aging Aged in French oak barrels, 50% new, in our underground wine caves for 22 months.

Reviews for this vintage: 2012

93 JamesSuckling.com, Jul 2015
Vintage: 2012
“This young red shows porcini mushroom and dark fruit character. Hints of forest floor too. Full body, round and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Give it time to soften a little but very pretty. A blend of mostly cabernet franc with some merlot and cabernet sauvignon.” – James Suckling

90 Wine Advocate, Oct 2014
Vintage: 2012
By Robert M. Parker, Jr.
There are 550 cases of the 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Devils' Peak, a blend of 68% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. This beauty exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue along with notes of blueberries, black raspberries, cedarwood and Christmas spice. Round, generous and medium to full-bodied, this soft, sexy red is ideal for drinking now and over the next 7-8 years. This is the Napa outpost of the Terlato family from Chicago. Tony Terlato and his children are icons/legends in the fine wine business having started Paterno Wine Imports and building it into a commercial powerhouse. There interests extend to producing wines in California, and they have acquired a number of estates, most notable Chimney Rock, and also produce wines from Terlato Family Vineyards.

Reviews for other vintages


90 Wine Spectator, Nov 2012
Vintage: 2009
By James Laube
Firm, with a mix of spice, fresh-turned earth, dried berry and sage. Maintains focus and fine balance, ending with crushed rock and tobacco. Should gain with time. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2021. 909 cases made.

90 Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2013
Vintage: 2009
By Steve Heimoff
This Cabernet Franc-based blend has rich flavors of red and black cherry jam, cherry liqueur and tobacco. The oak influence shows in the form of toastiness and wood spiciness. With its smooth tannins, this wine will drink well now with a great steak. —S.H. abv: 14.4% Price: $48

91 Wine Enthusiast, Mar 2012
Vintage: 2008
By Steve Heimoff
A Bordeaux blend based on Cabernet Franc, this savory wine has rich flavors of baked black cherry pie, with the crust. The firm edge of tannins gives it a dry astringency, and it's clean and balanced throughout. Doesn't seem like an ager, though, so drink now-2013.

90 Wine Spectator, Jul 2011
Vintage: 2007
By James Laube
A Bordeaux-inspired, Cabernet Franc-anchored wine of elegance and finesse, this is supple and fleshy, marked by roasted herb, cedar, mineral, dried berry and graphite flavors. Full-bodied, with black cherry, plum and spice notes peaking through on the finish. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2019. 812 cases made.

94 WineReviewOnline.com, Nov 2009
Vintage: 2006
By Robert Whitley
94 Points It is one thing to aspire to stand alongside the great growths of Bordeaux, quite another thing to deliver. Terlato's Devils' Peak — a Bordeaux-style blend along the lines of the giant of St. Emilion, Cheval Blanc — does so in stunning fashion with a blend that is dominated by Cabernet Franc. Sixty-six percent to be precise, with 23 percent Merlot and the remainder bits of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Aficionados may recall that a typical vintage of Cheval Blanc is roughly two-thirds Cab Franc and the remainder Merlot. The similarity hardly ends there. Devils' Peak is the epitome of elegance, exhibiting exceptional balance, with firm structure and length, gorgeous notes of blueberry and spice and a subtle whiff of violets. There is a back note of vanillin that hints of the oak without overwhelming the fruit. Well done. More wines like this, please!

92 WineReviewOnline.com, Jun 2007
Vintage: 2004
By Gerald D. Boyd
Devils' Peak, the second in the Peak" series from Terlato

90 Fra Noi, Dec 2007
Vintage: 2004
By Dick Rosano
Tart and forward, red fruit featuring plums, black cherry, and cassis. Soft finish.

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