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2012 BRIO CABERNET SAUVIGNON -- 95pts

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The 2012 BRIO Cabernet Sauvignon is seductive and playful, layered with flavors of red fruits, tobacco, leather and a touch of French oak. With supple tannins and a smooth finish this wine reflects the perfect style of a “second vin” from our premier site high on Pritchard Hill.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
234 cases produced

Vineyard / Vintage / Vinification >>

HAVESTED October 1-15, 2012

VINEYARD
At an elevation of up to 1600 feet overlooking Lake Hennessey on Pritchard Hill, is the well-drained rocky red volcanic soil above the cloud and fog line; the ultimate vineyard environment of BRAND.

VINTAGE
Due to drought conditions during the winter bud break came early, with perfect weather and stress from the lack of water contributing smaller, more intense fruit. All of this allowed for yields ranging 20 to 30% higher than historical averages.

VINIFICATION
Grapes were sorted in the field and winery and fermented in small, jacketed stainless steel tanks. Barrel aging occurred in 60% new French oak for 21 months and the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.

Reviews >>

The Wine Spectator — 95 pts.

An exciting expression of layered Cabernet fruit, with tiers of dense, chewy, rich dark berry and pretty touches of mocha and cedar. Gains depth and focus, ending with a long push that shows hints of mineral and black licorice. Drink 2015 to 2030