2012 TEXTBOOK Cabernet Sauvignon,  Napa Valley

A Monumentally Successful Vintage in Napa Valley

Textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Superb, mature sites in the prestigious St. Helena, Oak Knoll and Oakville AVA’s highlight the pedigree of this release
  • Classic Bordelaise winemaking (handwork in vineyard, hand sorting, new French oak barrels, egg-white fining) partnered with Napa Valley Merlot provides a bold-yet-balanced result.

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Price: $29 per bottle

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"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley spent 16 months in French oak. It exhibits the vintage’s attractive notes of spice box, generous fruit, outstanding ripeness, and fine purity. This is a delicious “textbook” Cabernet Sauvignon that should well young and age effortlessly for 15 or more years. It reminds me of the great 1974 Souverain Vintage Selection, an early best buy in The Wine Advocate that at forty years of age is still going strong!"
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, November 2014

"Exceptional quality and value. This is a supple, ripely flavored, well balanced Cabernet with medium richness, excellent flavor (black cherry, cassis, blackberry, toast, spicy oak), and a long, mildly tannic finish. Drinks well now but should develop with additional aging. 5 Stars!"
Restaurant Wine, Ronn Weigand, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, August 2014

"The sleeper of the vintage and a noteworthy value."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2013

"Bright purple. Fragrant aromas of candied cherry, cassis, cured tobacco, minerals and dried rose. Chewy and sharply focused, offering good density to its dark berry and floral pastille flavors. Finishes long and delineated, with gentle tannic grip and strong spicy thrust."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2013

"Finely structured, poised palate that is harmonious, effortless and has good length."
- Decanter Magazine (UK), 2014

"Beautifully balanced, this an exceptional Napa Cabernet at the price. It is full bodied, supple, complex in character, very long on the palate, and persistent on the finish, tasting of cassis, kola nut, toast, red currant, bay leaf, pepper, and spicy oak."
- Restaurant Wine, Issue #147-149, 2013

"Textbook "Fin de Journee" is a pretty, accessible wine laced with sweet red berries, crushed flowers, and spices. Hints of tobacco and cedar appear later, adding complexity and nuance. This feminine red comes together nicely with time in the glass."
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

"Bright violet. Blackcurrant, cherry pit and licorice aromas are lifted by a leafy quality and a hint of camphor. Silky on its feet, with redcurrant and menthol flavors given cut by harmonious acidity. The savory finish features smooth tannins and lingering spiciness. I like this wine's clarity and bite."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar


After a difficult 2011, the weather is 2012 was a very welcome change! Brilliant sunshine, warmth when we needed it, and rain only when we needed it were all perfectly timed. It was a classic vintage from start to finish. A moderately warm summer moved ripening along well, and crop size was good, so inferior clusters were quickly dropped. The vines sailed toward harvest with nary a worry. Although young, our 2012 Cabernet lots are deeply colored, richly textured and show great promise. We are excited to show them to everyone.


The core of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from three sites situated within the Oak Knoll, St. Helena and Oakville AVA’s. A touch of Oakville Cabernet spiced the blend up, too. The Oak Knoll Cabernet site exemplifies its provenance with incredible structure and balance. The lot from the St. Helena AVA surprised us with its richness, Cabernet purity and "yum" factor. Our Oakville District site again strutted its stuff, delivering deep color, high-quality grape tannin and aromatics in both Cabernet and Merlot. Collectively, TEXTBOOK 2012 showcases superlative "Napa Valley Cabernet" in a classic, delicious manner.


At harvest, hand-picked clusters were field sorted, and then hand-sorted and averaged 24-26 Brix. Cold soaking for 2 days in open-top temperature-controlled fermenters developed color and flavor. Fermentation began spontaneously with prevailing yeasts and one daily punchdown kept the cap immersed in must, extracting superb flavor and structure. After inoculation with cultured yeasts and twenty-four days on their skins the must was gently pressed into French oak barriques where it completed ML fermentation. One small Oakville press fraction was used (it added really nice "grip"). Barrels were 100% French, 35% new, three-year air dried, medium-plus toast and handbent by Cadus and Francois Freres in central France. Our assemblage included a touch of Napa Valley Merlot which added a warming, delicate softness. Fifteen months barrel maturation with only one racking and one organic egg white fining integrated flavors and developed its wonderfully smooth mouth-feel.

We believe it is a "textbook" example of this noble variety grown in this outstanding appellation and that it can be enjoyed for several years to come.


Regional Composition: 100% Napa Valley (60% Oak Knoll, 30% St Helena, 10% Oakville District)
Varietal Composition: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot
pH: 3.68
Alcohol: 14%
TA: 0.59 g/100mL

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