Mount Eden Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 laves af 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc og 4% Petit Verdot fra Mount Edens gamle marker beliggende i 550-650 meter over Santa Clara Valley, cirka en time syd for San Francisco.
Klonerne stammer fra vinstokke, der kom til Californien i 1890'erne fra Chateau Margaux! De forskellige parceller gærer hver for sig (naturlige gær), lagrer 22 måneder i en blanding af franske (40% nye) og amerikanske egetræsfade (3 år gamle). Ingen filtrering ved aftapning. Helt klassisk stor Cabernet Sauvignon duft pakket med nuancer af solbær, jord, krydderier, grafit, kamfer og skovbund. Estate Cabernet Sauvignon er atypisk californisk Cabernet Sauvignon, her er ingen mokka, chokolade og overmoden frugt. Ens tanker går nærmere mod rigtig stor Pauillac, her er et væld af nuancer i den elegante og finesserige eftersmag.
Dette er vin bygget til den helt lange bane og kan gemmes op mod 30 år fra høståret. Vi anbefaler at dekantere vinen to timer før servering ved 15-16 grader. Et helt fantastisk match til grillet lam, stegt kalvekød eller vildt.
+95 point - John Gilman:
"The very soon to be released Mount Eden cabernet sauvignon is an absolutely classic in the making. It is a tad less ripe than the lovely 2011 version, coming in at an even thirteen percent octane and offering up a very pure and nascently complex bouquet of black cherries, a touch of eucalyptus, cigar wrapper, dark soil tones, lavender and a nice, judicious framing of nutty new wood. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with excellent focus and grip, ripe, seamless tannins and outstanding length on the very refined, youthful and impeccably balanced finish. This is an old school bottle of cabernet in the very best sense of the term, with great potential that is simply waiting for the passing of time to blossom and shine. But, it is properly structured out of the blocks and will need time in the cellar to start to really drink with generosity. It should prove to be very long-lived, once it reaches its plateau of maturity. 2025-2075+."
95 point & "Cellar Selection" - Wine Enthusiast:
"Extremely elegant and restrained at first on the nose, this bottling eventually shows gravel and crushed rocks, with hints of blackberry and forest underbrush also emerging. A very firm structure weaves together an incredibly well-integrated wine, with dense mulberry and dried-fennel notes that morph into crushed herbs with time. Drink 2018– 2032."
94 point - Robert Parker/Wine Advocate:
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot) is beautiful. Giving up lots of black and blue fruits, tobacco leaf, sweet oak and graphite, this fabulous Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet is medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and focused, with fine tannin and impeccable balance. It shows its class on the lengthy finish as well. It’s a baby and needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and will have more than two decades of overall longevity."
94 point - Antonio Galloni/Vinous:
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, intense wine that tastes much riper than the 13% stated on the label. Black cherry jam, plum, game, mocha, licorice and dark spices are all pushed forward. I would prefer to give the 2012 at least a few years in bottle to shed some baby fat. Drink 2020-2032."
93 point & "Highly Recommended" - Decanter:
"At 460m, up in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Jeffrey Patterson has long made small quantities of very refined Cabernet — a bit cooler in style than counterparts from Napa. This 2012 has the poise and finesse one has come to expect from this magical site. Drink 2016-2030."
Årgang 2010 fik 96 point - Wine & Spirits:
"Is it just a coincidence that, tasting this blind, my thoughts turned to a 1985 Margaux I tasted recently? Maybe it was the gentle elasticity of the texture, the vibrant acidity, the rosy glow streaming through a curtain of ripe, earthy tannins. This feels layered with complexity: Beyond the pure cassis tone you might find lavender, graphite, redwood bark, black olive and green herbs. But you don't need to go fishing for descriptors to appreciate its nuances: just think of it as lovely, integrated, old-school California cabernet. Buy a case and try not to drink most of it until 2030."