Red

2012 Ovid Red Wine

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 31

  • drmarc61 wrote: 98 points

    December 31, 2020 - Decanted for six hours prior to the first sips! This is a thinking person's wine... over 60 second taste profile that changed over the course of the ensuing three hours. You could taste the different component grapes of this wine at different times and different parts of the taste profile.

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  • soyhead wrote:

    November 27, 2020 - another 'oodles of fruit wine', and I called it a fruit bomb, to which the Patriarch promptly objected. But in no way was this a pejorative comment. Very ripe, rich, yet still fresh with what seemed like Rutherford dust (alas this property is Prichard Hill), and a hint of a grappa character that reminded me a bit of Harlan. Belongs with the big boy wines for sure, just no need for food in fact probably better just on its own.

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  • walkerjfw wrote: 96 points

    November 26, 2020 - Thanksgiving Day with the Family: First bottle from a batch bought at release. Inspired by other CT reviewers to give this a try on Thanksgiving. Decanted 3 hours prior to drinking.

    Dark "blood red" color, no signs of separation. Nose showing plums, blue fruits, dried flowers, graphite, sous bois. A lot going on here...:) Full and fruit forward palate of black cherry, mocha, spice/cinnamon, cedar. Good length, intense mountain fruit....Full body, long finish. Medium to strong acidity, tannins softening. Picked up some heat on the back.

    Really great showing. This wine was too big for the turkey...so I drank after the dinner. Great showing on this evening. Only criticism was the heat, would have guessed decant would help it blow off. Great expression of Pritchard Hill

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  • Geaux Tigers Likes this wine: 99 points

    September 24, 2020 - Was drinking Ovid tonite. First thought was an ‘08. MSUWright’s note inspired this copycat 2012 pull for HTX’s first fall-feeling (<75F, no oppressive humidity) evening since April—thanks Beta!

    3 hr decant. Oak and tannins integrated and this is ready to go. Nose of intense floral perfume, dried flowers, blood iron, graphite, forest/pine, brine/saline, plums, faint candied fruit, sage, cedar, pencil lead—lots going! Just simply a lot of fun, swirling and keeping my nose in the glass.

    Intense on the palate but in no way overly so. Quite balanced. Plum and dark fruit attack the palate up front, moving into smooth flowing dried acidic red fruit on a long finish with a touch of eucalyptus. No hard/sharp edges.

    First glass was a 97 got better and best with 4 hrs air, 99. I really tried to find a realistic flaw here, without success. Why no 100? Palate preference and reluctance to hand out the Benjamin. I’m a hardass. What does a number matter BTW? This wine is freakin awesome, what more more do you want —this note tells you what you need to know.

    This is Pritchard Hill at its best. And this ‘12 blows away the ‘08s I’ve had. Drink up now with with a good decant—no hurry though, plenty of life left.

    Side note, this wine is an example of CT utility at its finest, finding wines with open doors that I might otherwise have thought would be asleep. A closing thanks to MSUWright for inspiration!

    7 people found this helpful Comments (2)
  • msuwine wrote: 99 points

    September 20, 2020 - This wine has reached another level in the 20 months since I tasted it last (1/19 - 96 points): it is stunning right now, with generous fruit, lively acidity, and fine tannins - all integrated and working together in a beautiful way. The 2012 now passes the 2015 as the greatest Ovid I've ever tasted, with a plushness, depth, and character that are impossible to resist.

    Dark in red and more full in body, the wine offers kaleidoscopic aromas of boysenberry, black cherry, ground espresso, cinnamon, dried herbs, and crushed gravel - really, this is what heaven must smell like (at least for a Napa wine lover!). Flavors of blueberry, cocoa powder, fresh leather, and graphite, with a finish that goes on, so long that you never want it to end (out, out, brief candle, all that). Blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. 14.8% alcohol. Decant 2-3 hours, since it really needs time to open up. Drink in next 3-5 years.

    Why not 100? It's so close. Maybe it's just the butterfly effect, but I guess the fruit could be a little more precise (something the 2012 vintage, as wonderful as it was, lacked in spots), but there's very little separating this bottle from the world of ideal forms. Alas, I've run out of adjectives, so I'll just echo Quiet Lion and SFWinelover here: this wine is a gift.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ovid
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Red Wine
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 10 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,696 (77%)
  • Consumed 490 (22%)

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