Vinum Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
This massive hillside Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep, dark, purple-plum color indicating the intense extraction it receives due to the small berried grapes from low yielding vines. The aromas are classic Bordeaux with cassis, blueberry/boysenberry flavors. On the palate the wine is generous and heavily extracted and expresses generous blueberry and huckleberry fruit, and then features balanced tannins from the thoughtful 28 month French oak aging. The wine finishes with generous dark fruit notes, sweet, sappy French oak flavor, clove and tobacco notes with licorice and boysenberry coulis.
Winemakers Richard Bruno and Chris Condos first met while students at UC Davis, bonding over their love for Chenin Blanc and other obscure grape varietals. They established Vinum Cellars in 1997 with their first vintage of Chenin Blanc and since then have expanded production to include different varietals from multiple California AVAs. Their philosophy is that winemaking begins in the vineyard and thus they value their strong relationships with top California growers in key locations. The duo has long-standing relationships with growers in Napa, Sonoma, Clarksburg, Monterey and Paso Robles.