95 Points Robert Parker
The 2013 Vespera Proprietary Red is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Syrah and 6% Merlot reflecting the family's affection for Rhône Valley grapes. A deep, dark ruby/purple color, loads of blackberry, roasted meat, Mediterranean lavender and licorice are all present in this full-bodied, complex and sexy wine. This is by far the most nuanced and multifaceted of the Rocca wines, but also the most drinkable. Soft tannins, low acidity and a big, fat, fleshy, meaty Syrah working beautifully with the Cabernet Sauvignon -- this is a stunner and a great example of an intelligent blend. Drink it over the next 7-8 years
“The 2012 vintage validates our decision to elevate the black-fruit intensity in the wines without abandoning our house style. I didn’t think a wine like this was possible for Jordan twenty years ago. Our 2012 is one of the most complex, balanced Jordan Cabernet Sauvignons I’ve ever tasted upon release.” – Winemaker Rob Davis
About the Wine, Inspired by the age-old method of using cuttings from idyllic sites for the propagation of new vines, this Cabernet Sauvignon showcases some of our favorite hillside vineyards. Cuttings combines the intensity and depth of Cabernet Sauvignon with the structure and richness of Petite Sirah and Syrah. A small amount of Zinfandel adds a nice layer of complexity, while encompassing a signature, vibrant spiciness. Winemaker Notes,Luscious and round with alluring aromas of black cherry and roasted herbs. The palette is savory and structured with flavors of robust black fruit, currant, and espresso. Ripe plum and peppery spice alongside complex tannins evolve into a delicate finish. The Blend, 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel
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The Gibson family's organically farmed ranch has been Miner's prime source for Sangiovese since 1997. Cooler growing conditions near the Mendocino coast allow grapes to ripen at an even pace for balanced fruit and acid structure. This Sangiovese is readily approachable with bright plum-currant flavors and hints of cedar on the palate.
"The 2012 Hoopes Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet is made with the same care and thoughtfulness of our single vineyard series. A blend of fruit from three different sources in the Yountville and Oakville appellations, this stunning wine over-delivers for the price on intensity and richness “ – Lindsay Hoopes, Second Generation Proprietor
“On the nose it presents with sweet and oral elements. It reminds me of raspberry violet candies, sweet cherries, and delicate rosewater. On the mouthfeel, the wine is lush and generous, with a hint of sweetness and a full, but supple, texture. Its nish is focused and lengthy with an acidity that creates an integrated nish.” – Anne Vawter, Winemaker