Proprietary Red 2012
About This Wine
Color: deep dark violet and cranberry with touches of fuchsia
On the nose: strong dark chocolate with rose candy lingering on cinnamon, nutmeg and granite
On the palate: velvety, silky entrance with soft ripe strawberry and mango with hints of juicy blueberries and ripe plums lingering on cassis and wisteria
61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc
2012 proved to be a unique but outstanding vintage. This is not because of frost, heat or rain, but mainly due to bountiful harvest. The growing season was ideal with no frost, a mild spring, and a very temperate, long growing season. This allowed all varietals to ripen to their optimum condition with significant concentration and complexity. The biggest challenge was the management of the tannin structure of the very thick-skinned red vintage. This meant that winemakers who simply applied recipes had a challenging year as tannin levels were at twice the average level.