2012 Ovid - Red

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 94 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 279370-2012
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    (75% cabernet sauvignon, 18% cabernet franc and 7% merlot): Bright medium ruby. Electric aromas of black cherry, blackberry, licorice and crushed rock. Very tight and youthfully imploded, with strong acidity hiding the wine's outstanding underlying density and sweetness today. All black fruits and minerals. Most impressive today on the precise, slowly mounting finish, which features tannins that are at once silky and masculine. A great 2012 in the making.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    A dense, powerful expression of high-extract Cabernet, this unfolds with tiers of gravelly earth, plum, cherry, cedar and tobacco leaf. Most impressive on the finish, where the flavors fan out and gain depth. Very tight and compact now. Best to cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2017 through 2027. 500 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    The 2012 Ovid belongs to a group of vintages that includes 2007 and 2009 where the main characteristic is bold, racy fruit. A host of red cherry, pomegranate, smoke, licorice and tobacco wrap around the palate. Juicy, racy and flamboyant to the core, the 2012 needs a few years to lose some baby fat and develop aromatic complexity, but it is impressive. The 2012 is distinctly red-toned and floral in character, as so many wines are in this vintage.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2012 Proprietary Red is a 625-case cuvee made from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine displays blueberry and blackberry fruit, some violets, a hints of charcoal embers and graphite. It is pure, full-bodied, ripe and already dramatic and ostentatious. This is a beauty to drink over the next 15 or so years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: 2017-2037
    Author: Gallo Boy

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

  • 242 bottles owned
  • 56 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 56 collectors)