International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(bottled four days before my tasting; includes about 8% cabernet franc and a bit of petit verdot): Bright ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, licorice, scorched earth and cedary oak. Not a particularly fleshy vintage but dense nevertheless, with a juicy, primary quality to the supple flavors of raspberry, tobacco, rust and loam; conveys a strong impression of red soil. Excellent balance and precision. Bob Levy noted that there was no botrytis here in 2011 (the vineyard is located at an altitude of about 600 feet) except for the last lot, which did not go into the blend. Levy and his wife Martha McClellan have recently budded over some of their merlot to cabernet franc.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2014
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon has lived up to the early optimism it enjoyed from barrel. A broodingly backward, mountain-styled Cabernet Sauvignon, its level of concentration and formidable mass is admirable. It boasts an inky/purple color along with notes of creme de cassis, blackberries, subtle barbecue smoke and graphite. Full-bodied with sweet tannin and the vintage hallmarks of lusciousness, extravagant richness and depth without being heavy or tiring, this fabulous effort is one of the more drinkable wines from Levy & McClellan to date. It should last for 25-30 years.Drink Dates: 2014-2044Author: Robert Parker
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 68 bottles owned
- 14 collectors