2012 JP Harbison Cabernet Sauvignon Pony Express Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 2019 - 2032 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 90 points

    February 13, 2021 - Bought direct at release. Decanted a few hours then back into the bottle. Not my favorite this time. It came of very bitter with little body/structure. Still some sweet notes coming through that I would equate to flat soda. Seemed over the hill and the extracted style did not do that any favors. Not sure the deal with this bottle but did really like another bottle a few years back. Drank like a decent $40 bottle. No pleasure at even the release price.

  • FoinZap Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 5, 2020 - Decanted and poured. Dark plum color. Nose is black fruit, tobacco, earth, pencil lead. Strong fruit-forward palate, blackberry, black cherry, crushed rock, milk chocolate, a spice note, also a touch bitter on the finish. Full bodied, slightly grainy mouth feel. Softened and balanced out nicely with time in the glass. My personal preference would be for the bitter note to be better integrated, but a overall a very nice effort.

  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 99 points

    January 21, 2018 - Opened in bottle for 2 hours and decanted an additional 3. Still incredibly young but ultra expressive even at this stage. Incredible complexity with compacted layers of extracted blue/black fruit, cassis liqueur, menthol, milk chocolate, cherry syrup...peaking through. An amazing amount of freshness counterbalances this with wild raspberry, strawberry juice, tobacco, crushed granite, and lead. The final result is nearly flawless with clean/precise fruit shinning through. The finish lingers strong for at least a minute. This will only improve over the next 5 years.

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  • Geaux Tigers Likes this wine: 94 points

    March 4, 2017 - 45 min decant and drank over next 90 min...hit its stride near the end. Like other Bevan made wines the tannins are fine and low laying...this is a thick, dark and extracted beauty. Heavenly nose of dark fruits, but disharmony is holding the score back right is a laundry list of notes...tobacco, grapefruit (yes, a weird note!), saline, coal, tar, unripened cranberry, cola, cherry cola, pipe tobacco, burnt wood, mocha, coffee.. near the end things started to come together...this got lucious and velvelty with red and black fruit, tar, dark chocolate with a long chocolate peppermint finish. A lot of potential still around...needs a few years in the cellar to get its act together but I am excited to see where this goes! Not worth the $375+ I'm seeing in the secondary market. Can see 96-97 if this gets its act together.

  • WojoWineCave Likes this wine: 97 points

    January 9, 2016 - Parker rates it 99 and I can see this becoming a perfect wine. Early to drink now but needed to try after loving the their other wine The Trail over Christmas. You must like big bold fruit forward Napa cabs to like this wine. Lucky for me and my wife, that's are power alley. Some of my friends give me a hard time that my cellar is 80% California red. What can I say. I like what I like. This wine is spot on for me. At $250 price point it should be awesome. It's ahead of Hundred Acre, Scarecrow and Schrader for me. Russell Bevan is the winemaker so no surprise since I love his wines at Bevan Cellars and Chateau Boswell. Yes I like classic Bordeaux but still revert back to big Napa cab. Earlier this week at a biz dinner had 1990 Cos d'Estournel and a 1995 Ducru Beaucaillou(love that name) which were awesome but would still opt for a Harbison. And Joe and Pat could not be nicer proprietors to boot.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer JP Harbison
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Pony Express
  • Vineyard Estate
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville

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  • In Cellars 89 (61%)
  • Consumed 58 (39%)

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