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2012 DR Stephens - Cabernet Sauvignon Walther River Block

  • 91 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 71027-2012-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Rich, alluring notes of dark cherry, plum and wild berry are effusive, dense, focused and persistent, picking up spicy, cedary, vanilla-accented oak and touches of tobacco and licorice. Ends with a supple, harmonious finish.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Ruby-red. Musky aromas of plum and chocolate. At once creamy-sweet and somewhat muscular, showing excellent breadth to its dark berry and chocolate flavors. Finishes horizontal and a tad medicinal, with huge, building tannins coating the front teeth. Winemaker Mike Hirby did an extended maceration with this wine for the first time, keeping it on its skins for 47 days (vs. 25 for the Moose Valley). He noted that this vineyard gets a lot of shade in mid-September and didn't ripen its fruit in 2011.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    This attractive 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Walther River Block possesses lots of earth, charcoal, cassis and spice box, medium to full body, supple tannins, a beautiful texture and a long, rich, authoritative finish. Enjoy this impressive Rutherford Cabernet over the next 10-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 13 bottles owned
    • 3 collectors