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Sanctuary 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Usibelli Vyd., Rutherford, Napa Valley

Sanctuary 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Usibelli Vyd., Rutherford, Napa Valley

Item Number: 13 20 336 12

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This is a very small production Napa Cab from the single Usibelli Vineyard on Rutherford Bench, the most heralded source of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. Stretching three miles from Oakville to Rutherford along the western edge of Route 29, the Rutherford Bench promises a wonderfully long growing season. The soil is dominated by Franciscan marine sedimentary materials, with some volcanic deposits, producing wine with the unique dusty-berry-spicy flavor profile known as "Rutherford Dust." This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the outstanding 2012 vintage was fermented in tank and kept in contact with the skins for 25-28 days, after which the skins were pressed off in a basket press. The wine was then aged in French barrels for 14 and a half months before bottling. It shows ripe black cherry aromas and flavors along with black plums, notes of cola, allspice and vanilla. Itís lush on the palate, full bodied with polished tannins and a long finish. Drinks beautifully right now with aeration or cellar it for enhanced complexity up to 8+ years. Limited!

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Rutherford Cab Under $30??
This is some serious juice! You can smell that classic Napa nose from across the room. Black cherry, brown sugar, vanilla and that classic Rutherford dust entice you to give it a taste. It's soft, lush and supple on the palate with dusty tannins surrounding the dense fruit core. Amazing value under $30!
Exceeded Expectations!
Josh told me he brought in an awesome 2012 Cab and boy did the Sanctuary deliver! It's absolutely captivating in rich dark fruit with a smooth finish. You think the wine alone is fabulous but then you see the price, and it blows your mind!
May 4, 2015
Reasonably priced, a good buy actually. Nothing surprising here, which is a virtue among many current overloaded cabs.

An honest wine, authentic; reminds me of early Napa wines from the 70's in the best sense. Classic!
July 27, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Full bodied, bursting with mouth filling flavor
I decanted. The aroma wetted anticipation. The feel was like silk that became much more. I loved it
August 2, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Sanctuary - A Peaceful Cab
Excellent cabernet! Decant for at least an hour to enjoy the fruit. Subtlety delicious.
August 2, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago

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Watched the tasting video and like the description of the wine...the aroma the taster said it exuded and his look of pleasure when he finally tasted it
Dale M on Sep 4, 2015
The first time I tried to buy this wine it was sold out. Leads me to believe thing must be great inside the bottle (they are). Velvety structure with a core of dark fruits and chocolate, but a nice restraint on the sweetness. Perfect balance.
TOBIAS A on Aug 23, 2015
Watched the tasting video and like the description of the wine...the aroma the taster said it exuded and his look of pleasure when he finally tasted it
Dale M on Sep 4, 2015
Sound like a great cab at a good value
JON Z on Sep 3, 2015
The first time I tried to buy this wine it was sold out. Leads me to believe thing must be great inside the bottle (they are). Velvety structure with a core of dark fruits and chocolate, but a nice restraint on the sweetness. Perfect balance.
TOBIAS A on Aug 23, 2015
after i bought the first set of bottles i had to buy more when the offer came around again. excellent wine!
JOHN M on Aug 10, 2015
It sounded almost too good to be true, so I ordered it.
TIMOTHY C on Aug 2, 2015
Sound like a great cab at a good value
JON Z on Sep 3, 2015
after i bought the first set of bottles i had to buy more when the offer came around again. excellent wine!
JOHN M on Aug 10, 2015
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