2012 Goldschmidt Cabernet Sauvignon Yoeman Vineyard Alexander Valley

“Densely packed...”

2012 Goldschmidt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Yoeman Vineyard Alexander Valley
Goldschmidt Vineyard sources this varietal Cabernet Sauvignon from the Yoeman Vineyard, whose 35-year-old vines tilt south-east along a hillside just north of Geyserville. The fruit was hand harvested, and the wine was brought in ripe and treated to 85 percent new French oak; in short, it was vinified to age.

It’s a saturated, youthful ruby color with a flame pink rim, and the aromatic profile now is wood-dominant, with cola, vanilla, and oaky tannins upstaging its plump red and purple fruits. The main event feels somewhat coffee- or chocolate-inflected, with densely packed blue and black berries top-noted by a drift of juniper and mint. The tannins are medium, and the wine has a nervy, gritty finish.

It’s still somewhat unschooled. Try it in five years.

14.3% abv | $85 (sample)

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