2012 Signature D Cabernet Sauvignon
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Cabernet Sauvignon
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2012 Signature D Cabernet Sauvignon

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INAUGURAL RELEASE - 91pts Wine Advocate
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Inaugural Signature Cabernet Release

2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Calcareous Vineyard was founded upon the idea of creating a place that was capable of growing Cabernet Sauvignon of unparalleled quality.  Since planting the vineyard in 2002, we have been striving to produce a wine that rises to the potential of the site.  This bottle, sealed with the signature of owner Dana Brown represents the attainment of that founding goal of this Estate.  


Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The dark, opaque ruby color gives a good indication of the level of extraction achieved in this wine. The nose is heavy with dark fruits and essential oil of spring flowers. This is followed by strong varietal flavors of dark chocolate, cassis and spice. Full, round, tannins produce the trademark rich chalky finish that our soil imparts on the wine. While very rewarding to drink now, will easily cellar for up to twelve additional years.
A terrific Bordeaux blend from Paso, which is starting to show they can make world-class Cabernets, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon D Estate checks in as a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc that saw 30 months in 100% new French oak. Giving up lots of plum, licorice, blackberry, cedar shavings and chocolate nuances, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, lots of texture, yet good focus and length through the finish. It's certainly a big, ripe Cabernet, but it's far from flabby and has tons to like. It should also age gracefully. 91+ - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
Vineyard Notes
This is our first release of our Signature Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Sealed with the signature of our owner Dana Brown, it is built upon Cabernet from our now mature Block 7 which is planted to Clone 15. This block is located between our 2 Syrah blocks on the steepest and chalkiest soils of our entire Estate. Planted in 2002, it took 10 years for these vines to be ready to produce a true expression of their potential.
Winemaker Notes
The fruit was handpicked and cluster sorted before destemming. The fruit was moved uncrushed into a 3-ton open top concrete fermenter. About 20% of the grapes were placed directly into new French barrels with the head removed. This barrel fermentation allows the skins to absorb some of the harsher oak tannins from the new barrel thus preventing the 100% new oak usage from dominating the flavors. The cap was punched down 2 times daily for both the tank and barrel ferments. After 29 days, the juice was pressed off the skins and rough racked into barrels. The barrels were only racked one time, after completion of malo-lactic fermentation at which time a small amount of Estate Malbec and Cab Franc were blended in. The wine was aged in 100% new French Orion and Cavin medium plus toasted barrels for 30 months. The wine was bottled unfined with only a course filtration to remove heavy lees from the long aging with no racking.
Product Reviews
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Greg Handy
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(Jun 14, 2016 at 1:07 PM)
What a surprise to see a $100 Cab. in the Calcareous tasting room late last year. What the heck is going on with the world I thought. Erica behind the counter suggested I buy one. "Not before I taste it" I said. She poured it, and I purchased two bottles. What an amazing wine. I can tell it will get even better over time, but two sips and you know you are in the presence of greatness. One of the best wines I have tasted.

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Ted Macaulay
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(Sep 29, 2016 at 8:33 AM)
Unbelievable! Rarely do we spend $100.00 on a bottle of wine but it was truly worth every penny. Served it to friends and they all agreed that it was spectacular in flavor and body. Smooth to a T

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