Ferrari-Carano 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Alexander Valley
The grapes for this Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon come from Lookout Mountain ranch in Alexander Valley. Fog drifts over the tops of the coastal mountains and burns off quickly in the morning sunshine, resulting in a warm climate with almost full sun throughout the day - ideal conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 42% new oak (39% French, 2% American, 1% Hungarian) barrels for 21 months. Robert Parker scored this 91+ points saying "Also from Alexander Valley, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve reveals more chocolate and barbecue smoke intertwined with blackcurrants. There is also slightly more structure and wood/oak characteristics than in the regular 2012 Cabernet." and the ordinarily low scoring Cellar Tracker shows ratings up to 96 points for this, with notes like "Drinking beautifully right now. Full- flavored with a fruit-forward style." and "Lush and soft, and ready to go NOW."