2012 Sloan - Asterisk

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 94 WA
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 256183-2012
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2012 Asterisk leaps from the glass with warm red and black plums with touches of redcurrant jelly, Black Forest cake and incense with nuances of camphor, forest floor, dried sage and tapenade. Full-bodied and built like a brick house, the muscular red and black fruit flavors have a rock-solid, grainy texture and seamless freshness supporting the intense flavors through the long, savory finish.
    Drink Dates: 2018 - 2033
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
    Issue: Interim December 2018 Week 2
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  • Location alone is enough to draw attention to this wine - the vineyards are perched upon a picturesque hill above the renowned Auberge du Soleil - but the added value of having David Abreu plant the vineyards and Mark Aubert as the founding winemaker ties it all together into a package destined for stardom. The inaugural vintage, 2000, came out in 2004, with huge concentration, brilliant fruit integrity and a rich, complex character. The incredible structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend comes from the balanced integration of the exquisite 100% Rutherford estate fruit and the obsessive attention to detail in the vineyard and cellar. Martha McClellan is current winemaker, under whose guidance Sloan continues in the young tradition that earned it a 100-point score from Robert Parker for the 2002 vintage.

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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

    • 182 bottles owned
    • 39 collectors