Vintage 2012
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor
Offering abundant, dark-fruit character and plush texture, our 2012 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the sunny and dry growing season. The wine opens with layered aromas of crushed blackberries, dark cherries, bittersweet chocolate and violet. Ripe, muscular tannins support the expansive, dark-fruit flavors, while impeccably balanced acidity adds vibrancy. Complex nuances of toffee and toasted oak spices, from aging in new French oak barrels, heighten the aromas and linger on the persistent finish. This wine makes an elegant accompaniment to filet mignon with forest mushrooms.

Wine Advocate - 94 Points

The deep ruby/purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour is BV’s flagship wine. It boasts sweet notes of charcoal, burning embers, vanillin, tar and copious quantities of blackcurrant fruit. In keeping with this generously endowed vintage, the wine is supple, full-bodied, multidimensional and opulent. It will drink beautifully young and last for 20-25 years. –Robert Parker-

Vineyard Note

The high-quality 2012 harvest was a winemaker's dream. The relaxed, easy vintage was greatly appreciated after the challengingly cool weather patterns in 2011. Long stretches of sunny days coupled with foggy nights gave our 2012 wines exceptionally rich, expressive flavors and impeccable balance. The ideal growing season, including well-timed rains, no frost during bud break, and perfect weather for bloom, berry-set and ripening, was textbook Napa Valley. We hand selected grapes from the finest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in our BV Ranches No. 1 and No. 2, originally planted by Georges de Latour in the early 1900s. We focusd on clones that yield small berries with the high skin-to-juice ratio needed to make intense, long-lived wines. These chosen vines are deeply rooted in the well-draining alluvial fan soils of the Rutherford American Viticultural Area, considered one of the finest regions of Napa Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaker's Note

At our state-of-the-art winery, dedicated exclusively to Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, we hand sorted the destemmed berries to retain only the highest quality fruit. Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor then fermented 45 percent of the grapes in new French oak barrels for early integration of fruit and oak character and to enhance the dense, rich texture. The balance of the must was fermented in stainless steel tanks. Following judicious extended skin contact and in-barrel malolactic fermentation, the wine was pressed and returned to barrels for aging. Jeffrey blended the Cabernet Sauvignon with a small amount of Petit Verdot and Malbec to further enhance the wine’s aroma and flavor spectrum.