November 6, 2014
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Bone Ash Vineyard (393 cases were bottled unfined and unfiltered) comes from a 12-acre site in Calistoga planted over 21 years ago. A compelling Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers copious notes of crème de cassis, charcoal, graphite and a hint of minerality as well as terrific blackberry and cassis fruit. This full-bodied, massive Cabernet is neither overripe nor heavy. It is a killer effort from one of the great craftsman of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Nils Venge, who has over 40 years of experience producing great Cabernets. Enjoy this beauty over the next 20-25 years, although I suspect it will last even longer.