Red

2012 Mount Eden Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
Drink between 2020 - 2030 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 28

  • Piccolopaulo Likes this wine: 93 points

    January 1, 2021 - Decanted and enjoyed over 4 hrs. Beautiful wine! Definitely benefits from a decant...I can see the opening was a bit “green” as noted by others. But with some time in the decanter that softened almost completely. Nose is very nuanced with loam, fresh pot pourri, herbaceous (thyme), faint cedar cigar box, fresh ink and graphite. Fruits on the palate: red cherries and cassis. Tannins were still a bit grippy but well balanced and only a good sign of further aging potential!

    A beautiful example of Santa Cruz terroir that shows great focus.

    At 13% ABV, it shows like no other “big red” from northern Cali.

    Enjoy it for another 5-7 yrs!

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  • riesnut wrote: 92 points

    November 10, 2020 - Velvety tannins, very clear cedar and dark fruit aroma. Fresh.

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  • bsumoba wrote: 91 points

    October 28, 2020 - Drank over 3 days.

    Day 1: 88
    Day 2: 90
    Day 3: 91

    Was a bit off putting in the beginning. There was some heat and/or VA going on in the glass even after a one hour decant. But through the issues with the nose on Day 1, notes of cherries, stones and earthy spice. Color was dark ruby center transitioning to a clear rim. Taste was better than the nose. I also got cherries and Santa Cruz Mtn terroir. The 16' Monte Bello I had the week before blows this out of the water.

    Day 2 was much better. Some of the nose that I did not like on Day 1 blew off for the most part on Day 2. Cherries, plum jam, gravel, wood, and forest floor dominate the nose and taste.

    Day 3 my wife and I polished off the bottle and it improved slightly from Day 2. Tannins were smooth and fine. The nose was much much better now and I can see this getting a bit better with age. I disagree with the critics and this is just pushing into the 90+ pt range.

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  • JonnyG Likes this wine: 92 points

    September 29, 2020 - Served blind, I was thrown off track by the green notes and what I took to be signature notes of a hot climate, calling this a Priorat. Even when revealed, I struggled to wrap my head around the combination of crunchy, bright red fruit notes with some apparent heat. Nonetheless, I provocative as well as a tasty treat, fresh and compelling.

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  • jeffreylubowski Likes this wine: 90 points

    May 8, 2020 - Slight downgrade from two years ago, as the first glass or two seemed way too sweet. Day 2 resolved this. Back to normal. Deep and dark mountain fruit, cab franc flavors even, BlackBerry and gravel and pyrazines. Nice wine and perhaps something was a tad off with the bottle. Always a buy every vintage, drinks well young medium and old.

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  • By Gary Walsh
    4/4/2017 (link)

    (Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Brilliance in the Santa Cruz Mountains (Jul 2016), 7/1/2016 (link)

    (Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2016, Issue #63, Mount Eden Vineyards Another Superstar From the Golden Age

    (Mount Eden Vineyards “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Panel Tasting
    Californian Cabernet 2012 (link)

    (Mount Eden Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Mount Eden Vineyards
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 10 (1%)
  • In Cellars 736 (79%)
  • Consumed 190 (20%)

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