2012 Waugh Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date(s): October 13, 15 and 16
Brix: 25.2 Average
% Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 240 cases
An ideal season—no frosts, a mild spring and summer and a tranquil fall.
No growing season is easy, but 2012 presented few challenges. A mild spring led to a good fruit set. Summer and fall brought warm temperatures, but no heat waves and no early or late rains. All the fruit enjoyed a long, slow ripening.
It has a pretty ruby color with a garnet edge and a complex nose of cedar, cassis, black cherry and dark chocolate. On the palate, it is extremely elegant, rich and mouth-coating and has a long finish of concentrated fruit and spice. This wine is remarkable in how it continues to evolve in the glass over the course of a meal. It has great maturity of aromas and tannins at moderate alcohol. With proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2025.