Castlebank Vineyards 'Vivian's Vineyard' Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Castlebank is uniformly highly regarded by our customers and a perennial favorite. The last 4 vintages of the Cabernet sold out very quickly. And now comes the release of the most highly regarded vintage yet. This wine is made by one of the most highly respected families in the Dry Creek Valley, who have been making delicious wines for over half a century. This wine has the ultimate Quality Price Ratio. By all standards of taste and quality this wine hits on all cylinders and a wine like this should sell for three times the price. This wine comes from the tiny Vivian’s Vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley and we are quite pleased that we were able to get this very limited release Cab and deliver beyond incredible value. It is a complex and gorgeous Cabernet with incredible savings and hot pricing. Enjoy!
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Castlebank 2012 Vivian's Vineyard Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Cabernet Sauvignon
GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Dry Creek Valley
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14.20%
I just returned this April from the Valley to meet with the Pedroncelli family and sampled this beauty shortly after it was bottled. The Vivian’s Vineyard consistently produces delicious wine and this is the best of the last five releases. A dark red hue with purple highlights. A handsome nose of nicely pronounced dark red fruit like black raspberries with sweet red currants, roses and vanilla. Full of generous fresh fruit including dark raspberries, black cherries, chocolate, toffee, blueberries, and kirsch with hints of nutmeg and toasty oak. There are multiple layers of complexity and a very pleasing finish. Quite an elegant wine with zesty flavors that will provide enjoyment for many years to come. Pair with Roast Lamb with garlic and thyme, Beef stroganoff, Beef pot roast with red wine, steak pizzaiola, or Chicken Jalfrezi.
By Castlebank Vineyards
Vivian's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Dates of Harvest: From October 3 to October 9 2012
Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot
Ideal growing season with mild temperatures and opportune heat spikes to get the grapes to full maturity. Yields and fruit quality were exceptional. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested the first and second week of October. The fruit had exceptional color, flavor, and quality.
Fermentation Method: Grapes fully crushed, cold soaked for 48 hours, then inoculated with Bordeaux yeast strain and fermented in stainless steel tanks; pump over the fermenting juice over the cap daily for extraction of color, tannins and flavor until dry. Then pressed and transfer to storage tanks and later to barrels for aging.
Length of Fermentation: 10 days
Malolactic Fermentation: Yes
Aging: 12 Months in 30% new French oak balance 2-5 year American oak.
Residual Sugar: 0.20
Bottling Date: 04/10/14
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.