Red

2012 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Spring Mountain District
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Community Tasting Notes 15

  • walkerjfw wrote: 94 points

    December 30, 2018 - Pre-New Years with K&O (Chez Walker - Princeton, NJ): Last bottle of the evening, had not planned on opening this one so it was PnP. The crowd was ready for one more w Napa as preference.

    From prior notes: "Dark purple/red color. Nose showing dark fruits, licorice. Ripe fruit forward palate of blackberry, baking spice, cloves, earth notes and violets. Tannins present but softening, ripe secondary flavors through mid palate. Full bodied, long finish (45 secs)...."

    Showed great as expected. The 2012 Napa wines are very accessible now, tannins still present but less tannic than other vintages and will show more quickly when opened than say the 13 or 14...so the guess on opening this bottle as a late add to the lineup was good. Really nice now, should drink at this level for at least another 5-7 years (IMO).

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  • Badmonkey wrote: 94 points

    June 16, 2018 - Served at my parents. Purple fruit - blackberry, dark currants, and dark cherry. Smooth mid-palate with decent depth but not as deep as the 2014 vintage which I had a couple weeks ago - although the tannins are softer/integrated better which is no surprise since it's a couple years older. Nice flavors of dark berries, a little chocolate/cocoa, and some spice box/licorice. Fairly long finish. Popped/poured but drank out of a decanter for a couple hours. Improved a little with time but drinking quite well right away.

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  • walkerjfw wrote: 94 points

    June 8, 2018 - A nice finish to the evening, pulled this one to drink w Joe & Wendy. First bottle from a batch bought direct at release. PnP, drank over 45 minutes

    Dark purple/red color. Nose showing dark fruits, licorice. Ripe fruit forward palate of blackberry, baking spice, cloves, earth notes and violets. Tannins present but softening, ripe secondary flavors through mid palate. Full bodied, long finish (45 secs).

    Still very youthful but drank well on this evening. Great Spring Mountain fruit from a great vintage. Should continue to evolve a bit in the cellar, should have the backbone to go another 10+ years. The wine improved in the glass, a short decant (30 minutes?) would benefit the wine.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Cabernetking Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 23, 2018 - Top tier Napa Cabernet and one of the best I have had.

  • Cuellar's Cellar Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 11, 2018 - Omg! This is amazing. The fruit on the nose is incredible. Just sit back ......swirl....sip..and drink.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Barnett Vineyards
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Rattlesnake Hill
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Spring Mountain District

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  • Pending Delivery 7 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,074 (83%)
  • Consumed 208 (16%)

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