2012 Christopher Tynan Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines Meleagris Gallopavo

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 98 points

    April 23, 2021 - Getting a chance to taste this wine was a real treat. Chris' wines are so built for age that it can be hard to get a real good read on them early. This showed without a doubt that these are going to age gracefully and gain significant complexity over time.

    What I found unique and interesting about this wine was its ability to show off really massive levels of concentration without it being dominated by fruit. Reminded me a bit of Harlan in that respect, although I am not ready to put this wine at that level.

    TN: Blackberries, forest floor, loamy soil and hints on smoked meat and char on the nose. Concentrated and super savory on the palate, this is a bigger version of a nicely aged BDX. Showing super complexity, deftly integrated tannins and plenty of freshness, it's still a baby in the lifecycle. I expect it to get better for another decade, and that's not common in Napa.

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  • Geaux Tigers commented:

    5/12/21, 6:58 PM - Great note! Patience is indeed required. I’m excited for the future of these! I think 10 yrs is a good threshold for seeing the curtain finally opening on these and fully agree on gaining complexity as the secondaries emerge.

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    5/13/21, 10:01 AM - Thanks. I think these wines are a bit polarizing. LPB can't seem to give it more than a 93, which I think is kind of insane. But it's very different than most Napa cabs. Way more old world.

  • Geaux Tigers commented:

    5/13/21, 2:56 PM - I think this is one where critics should not be allowed to formally score until it’s at least 10 yrs old.

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