2012 JP Harbison Cabernet Sauvignon The Trail

Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 94 points

    April 19, 2020 - Drank straight for the bottle over five plus hours. Cool and juicy dark fruit centric (blackberry and plum) with a nice mineral component. Juicy and smooth yes but not a ton of complexity with time bringing out only more cool black fruits. Overall high caliber but was just hoping for more. Might need another 5 years.

  • WojoWineCave Likes this wine: 100 points

    January 23, 2020 - Ok. So last time I tried this it was phenomenal and rated 98. Tonight it was perfect. From a PnP on through to the end it evolves and left me and my wife speechless.

  • WojoWineCave Likes this wine: 98 points

    March 9, 2017 - Wow this is so good. Dark fruits. Lots of blackberries, blackberry brandy, vanilla extract, thick, smooth, fruit. nose opened up after 4 hours in decanter. Floral notes, tobacco. Admittedly I have a soft spot for all things Bevan and for joe & pat harbison so I'm likely two points higher.

  • Geaux Tigers Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 5, 2017 - Decanted 90 min. Thick blackish purple extracted quality juice. Had an overly sweet note that I couldn't figure out. Didn't seem fruity, maybe from the oak. True Bevan style, this is a big bad mutha without being overly hot or alcoholic. Slightly ahead of the 12 Pony Express at this point, but, not as complex either. Tannins were a little more grippy here but in line with the flow. I prefer this one at this point in time. Blue and purple fruit dominate with raspberries trying to peek in, pipe tobacco, touches of sweet vanilla, not as much chocolate mocha as the Pony Express, but hints of dark chocolate showed up at the 3 hr point.

  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 97 points

    June 6, 2015 - The best descriptors are dense, black, and extracted. Glass and mouth staining black coloration with a thick viscosity that borders on syrupy. Soaring nose and palate dominated by super extracted blue/black fruit and vanilla extract. Supporting notes of lead, dusty earth, and cassis keep it from going over the top. Medium tannins that only are only apparent in the finish. Decanted 4 hours and drank over 6. Definitely a good product and exactly what you’d expect from a Russell Bevan made wine.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer JP Harbison
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation The Trail
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 67 (59%)
  • Consumed 46 (41%)

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