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2012 Tusk Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 97 points

    June 10, 2017 - Orange County Napa Cab Taste Off (Lang's House): I've had Tusk a number of times, and this is the first time I've ever had it when it wasn't the best wine at the table. I think that is more a reflection of the other wines than a knock against it, because it was exceptional and one person even had it #1. Overall, it was a consensus 4 of 5.

    Amazing Pritchard Hill nose of blackberries, liqueur, forest floor and licorice. The mouthfeel on this wine is amazing, just smooth as silk. Stacked and concentrated with great complexity and a very long finish. Where it lost a couple points is at times it felt a bit flabby compared to the other wines. That said, it was also continuing to get better and better over the 12 hours it was open.

    A tremendous wine, but QPR wise struggled against less expensive competition. I'd like to open a 2013 among the same group, because it is noticeably better than the 2012.

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  • Cristal2000 commented:

    6/17/17, 8:03 AM - Not sure why Tusk even has a waiting list sign up, since the only way to get on the list is to know the owners, or someone else on the list and be recommended. I too initially put my name on the waiting list until I learned through a friend how get on the list. They prize exclusivity. Once on the list, they have three levels of "membership", the lowest being 3 750ml bottles and a Mag. The others are 6 750 ml bottles, and then the highest 6 750 mls and a Mag. The price is ~$400/bottle. If you can find a bottle in the aftermarket, which is no easy feat, I have seen them as low as $899 and as high as $1200. I also saw some auction for about $800. There isn't much of any out there, since they've been making only around 150 cases a year since they started. Hope that helps!

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    6/18/17, 2:21 PM - Seems like ACME in Napa gets some too. Not sure what they charge. It is definitely not advertised.

  • jdtonic commented:

    9/29/18, 12:14 PM - What were the other wines at the table?
    The 2001 Insignia has started to sing, btw. Thanks.

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    9/29/18, 12:39 PM - If you click on the linked title "Orange County Napa Cab Taste Off" it will take you to all the wines we had that day. Cheers!

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