Fidelity 2012 Crazy Creek Estate Red Blend, Alexander Valley, Goldschmidt Wines
The 2012 Fidelity is here and it's all it should be! Nick Goldschmidt is a rare bird indeed; a superstar winemaker on three different continents starting in New Zealand and ending up in California. And with his years as Chief Winemaker at Simi Vineyards in Sonoma, he knows Alexander Valley like few others. He rates the Crazy Creek Estate where the grapes for this wine are sourced, as one of the top five sites in the region. An amazing value this Meritage-style blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon is lush and distinctive with supple cherry, berry and dark chocolate flavors. And this 2012 also has the density and structured to reward short-term aging. A true gift to California wine lovers from Goldschmidt. Itís a wine that could easily cost two to three times its modest price. The 2007 was our Wine Express Wine of the Year!
Mr. Goldschmidt must be happy with how this current vintage turned out, as it is quite balanced and well structured. Lots of red cherry, raspberry and plum are complimented by hints of cedar and cocoa. Lush and supple, this is really drinking nicely as is...but will probably get even better over the next few years.