2012 Napa Crest Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend
91 Points - Wine Spectator
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Early through late October 2012.
Grapes were harvested at an average of 25.1°Brix.
50% new barrels; 100% French oak. Total time in barrel: 16 months.
Deep ruby color and rich hue. The nose is complex and shows layers of fruit flavors. Blueberry, rich plum and red raspberry notes are apparent. Soft notes of vanilla and toast provide aromatic richness. The texture is supple to show off the ideal 2012 vintage. The tannins are lush with long pallet texture. This wine is drinkable now, but will continue to improve for 5 to 8 years. This wine will continue to award the most discriminating drinkers.
Vineyards range from cool mountainside sites in south Napa Valley and Atlas Peak to our ranches in Oakville and St. Helena and further north We hand tend all vines in each individual vineyard block. Napa Valley has more diversity in soil composition than all of France.
All of our fruit is hand sorted and fully destemmed to small stainless steel tanks with no crushing. Cold soaks (5-7 days), warm fermentations (85-90° F), and moderate pumpovers (twice a day or less) were done this year in order to express the 2010 vintage. Total skin contact ranged from 19-34 days with all fermentations being carefully basket pressed and put to barrel on full fermentation lees for ML. Racking was twice per year with only one assemblage being done to allow the blend to “marry” in barrel. Native yeast and ML used with only small lots conducted using cultured Bordeaux isolates.
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 12% Petit Verdot.
The 2012 growing season was ideal in the Napa Valley. We had to green thin three passes to balance crop. This is a year that allows the winemaker many options it will be a memorable vintage.
2,800 cases produced.