Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Issue #215 October 2014
The bottled 2012s are all performing brilliantly. It was a large, but not excessive crop with a consistently warm growing season that never suffered the heat spikes Napa often experiences. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cuvée State Lane Vineyard (80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot) was aged 20 months in mostly French oak and 10% new Hungarian oak. A beautiful blue/purple color is followed by notes of blackcurrants, white chocolate, licorice and spring flowers. There is an attractive sweetness to the fruit that comes from ideal ripeness, not residual sugar. Spicy with round tannins and a lush, medium to full-bodied personality, it should drink well for 15-20 years. If Napa Valley made wines to emulate Château Margaux, this might be a candidate.
||Yountville (Napa Valley), CA
||84% new French oak, 16% new Hungarian oak
||80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot