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  • 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 9.0 liter bottle

2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 9.0L

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When one considers all of the grape-growing regions of the world and the myriad styles of wines produced therein, one thing should be abundantly clear: the vineyard site is the most important factor in determining the potential of what ends up in the glass. The interaction of soil strata, climate, aspect, and topography intertwined with the seasoned hands of a good farmer is multiplicative in nature. Hitting on all of these, or more succinctly—growing the right grape in the right place—is much more difficult to achieve than it sounds. But when those variables align, the resulting wines embody and are emblematic of the unique nature of the vineyard that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

2012 was one of those vintages that allowed us to express what makes the Montelena Estate a rarity, even in the Napa Valley. Our porous alluvial soils and craggy volcanic material soaked up the late spring rains, which, coupled with copious sunshine and moderate temperatures, set the stage for an ideal growing season. By August, as most of the Valley dealt with triple digit highs, reliable northerly breezes materialized by mid-afternoon as the substantial heat inland drew in ocean air from the Pacific, which thundered down Mt. St. Helena to cool our Estate. In short, the fruit from this vintage experienced the best of what this vineyard can offer, allowing us to craft a wine of elegance, structure, and finesse.

-Winemaker Matt Crafton

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