Terlato Vineyards Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Varietal: Region :
Stags Leap District, California
$89.99

SKU# 0016003003512


Quick Overview

This wine comes from the Stags Leap District, universally hailed as the best Cabernet Sauvignon location in California. The unique soil and climate here allow Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignons to rival the great Grand Crus of Bordeaux. This wine exhibits aromas of cassis, cocoa, blueberry with hints of vanilla. With rich berry flavors and firm tannins, it has a long finish with great balance. Enjoyable while young, it will reward those with the patience to cellar it for a few years.
Style:
Balanced, Rich
Flavor:
Black Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Licorice, Tobacco
Pairs with:
Chocolate, Gouda, Lamb, Steak

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Terlato Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Terlato Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
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Details
This wine comes from the Stags Leap District, universally hailed as the best Cabernet Sauvignon location in California. The unique soil and climate here allow Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignons to rival the great Grand Crus of Bordeaux. This wine exhibits aromas of cassis, cocoa, blueberry with hints of vanilla. With rich berry flavors and firm tannins, it has a long finish with great balance. Enjoyable while young, it will reward those with the patience to cellar it for a few years.
Bottle Size 750 ml
Appellation Napa Valley
Sub-Appellation Stags Leap District
Grape Varieties 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Maker Doug Fletcher
Alcohol Percentage 14.5%
Fermentation Fermentation in stainless steel tanks for approximately 10 days with skin contact ranging from 5 to 30 days.
Aging 18 months in French oak followed by 12 to 14 months bottle aging.

Reviews for this vintage: 2012

92 JamesSuckling.com, Jul 2015
Vintage: 2012
“Lots of black currant, raspberry and floral character. Yet it's reserved and subtle. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. I like the hints of smoke and spice. Drink now.” – James Suckling

90 Wine Enthusiast, Jun 2015
Vintage: 2012
By Virginie Boone
Dark roasted espresso beans and tobacco leaf imprint this estate-grown offering, which has a big, brawny presence of ripe blackberry and plum around a soft, approachable midpalate and mellow finish. The wine is given a floral lift on the aroma, akin to rose and violet. - V.B. (online only)

Reviews for other vintages


93 Wine Spectator Insider, Mar 2013
Vintage: 2009
By James Laube
Strikes an inviting balance of intensity and finesse, displaying a rich core of dark berry, mocha, black licorice and crushed rock, ending with a graceful crease on the finish. Drink now through 2022. - J.L.

92 Wine Enthusiast, May 2013
Vintage: 2009
By Steve Heimoff
Another voluptuous Cabernet from Terlato, this is rich and savory with black currant and mocha flavors. Smoky oak and soft but penetrating tannins add complexity. A beautiful, festive wine to drink now or over the next 4-5 years. - S.H.

93 Wine & Spirits, Dec 2009
Vintage: 2006
Black cherry fruit expands into this wine's tannins, so pitch black and velvety that they're nearly imperceptible. They add savor, firmness and grip to the fresh red tones of the fruit, ending on restrained richness. A satisfying and authentic SLD wine, this is made by Doug Fletcher from two blocks at Chimney Rock.

94 The Gray Market Report, Nov 2009
Vintage: 2005
American wine importer Tony Terlato made his fortune by overcharging suckers for Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, turning a flavorless but inoffensive wine into an unstoppable brand that's consistently the leading premium white wine choice in U.S. restaurants. The man does know wine and I find his less cynical domestic projects to generally be of the highest quality. This is no exception: This wine, from new plantings, is exactly what I want from Stags Leap -- elegant and balanced, with cherry and ripe red plum flavors and a nice current of minerality. A restrained 13.8% alcohol. In addition to being talented, head winemaker Doug Fletcher is married to the best cheese critic on the planet.

91 WineReviewOnline.com, Jun 2008
Vintage: 2005
By Linda Murphy
Medium-full, perfectly ripe, and with just 13.8% alcohol, this wine strikes a fine balance. Beautifully complex, polished and understated, it offers vibrant cassis and black cherry fruit, sage, earth and subtle herb complexity, and a long, rewarding finish.

90 Fra Noi, Dec 2009
Vintage: 2005
Blackberry, black cherry, cassis, notes of licorice, soft forward fruit, delicious textures. Score: 90