The Epitome of a vintage—an ideal example or embodiment, created only in exceptional years. In 2012, our winemaking team was drawn to the fruit bestowed by select blocks of our home estate vineyard in Stags Leap District. Unique in character and rare in number, we release this very special wine in honor of this incredible vintage.
This intense, dark ruby wine offers a rich and enticing nose, filled
with aromas of ripe blackberry, fresh strawberry and luscious blackcurrant, woven
beneath elegant layers of cinnamon spice, cigar box and subtle cedar. Opening
smoothly, with a rush of deep black raspberry and cherry pie, the palate is supple and
balanced by hints of sweet allspice and nutmeg, round tannins and a hint of graham
cracker crust on the lasting finish.
Block Three and Four of the Pine Ridge Estate Vineyard were
exclusively selected to tell the story of the 2012 vintage through this stellar bottling.
These blocks are situated on the easternmost edge of the Stags Leap District property
and are made up of densely planted vines that are twelve years old and are trained low
to the ground, in order to produce low yields with optimal, even ripeness.
With consistently mild temperatures throughout
spring and summer, 2012 was a stellar vintage in Napa Valley, allowing slow, even ripening
and yielding exquisite, balanced fruit. The wine was fermented in French oak puncheons
and punched down by the hand daily. Fermentation took place at a high temperature to
ensure that maximum extraction was achieved before the wine was racked to 100% new
French oak barrels for aging. The wine was aged in barrel for a total of 18 months before
Food Pairing Notes
Deep and concentrated, the 2012 Epitome Cabernet Sauvignon would
make an excellent pairing for a number of beautiful meals, including Osso Buco with
saffron risotto or duck confit with seasonal vegetables. This exclusive bottling would
also pair well with aged Manchego, a hard, flavorful sheep’s milk cheese from Spain, for
an unforgettable cheese course.