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2012 Swanson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Face, Napa Valley, 750ml

Wine Specs

Vintage 2012
Appellation Napa Valley
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Specifics 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol content 14.8%
Oak 100% French oak, 40% new
Time in Oak 19 months
Bottling Date May 15th, 2014
Harvest Dates October 12th - 27th, 2012
Case Production 200
Release Type Current

2012 Face Cabernet Sauvignon

For the serious Oenophile...

$140.00   per 750ml bottle

2012 was a return to form for the Napa Valley, a near perfect growing season. Generous rainfall in March and even temperatures in April and May were ideal for bud break and bloom. Followed by a warm summer and fall meant we could achieve near perfect ripeness. With no pressure to pick, we were able to let the grapes hang on the vine to deliver the very best flavors. Yield was slightly above normal, and the fruit exhibited bright aromatics and acid balance. Thick skins and very little disease pressure gave us clean grapes that were intensely flavored and required very little sorting in the winery.

92 points - Robert Parker

Wine Profile

Vineyard Notes
Two world class vineyard sources from unique Napa Valley terroirs make up our sought-after "FACE" Cabernet Sauvignon. At the northern end of the Napa Valley, our Amoenus Vineyard fruit grows from deep, red clay soils rich in iron and volcanic debris. At the base of the Mayacamas Mountains, our Yountville property lays of the Napa Valley produces a high diurnal variation in temperatures that result in a slow and steady ripening period required to produce intensity and flavors in the grapes from these two sites.

Winemaker Notes
Dark purple in the glass, this wine gives expressive aromas of cassis, cigar box, mocha and anise. On the palate this wine displays a generous texture, with fine grain tannins that add extra dimension to the wines' length. Flavors abound, of ripe plums and blackberries followed b secondary more subtle elements such as thyme, anise and briar. A complex yet balance wine with the ability to age gracefully over the next 10-15 years.
- Robin Akhurst, Winemaker