2012 Christopher Tynan Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines Meleagris Gallopavo

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2020 - 2039 (Edit)
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  • csimm1161 wrote: 100 points

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): Two years since I've last sampled this juice. One of the most phenomenal wines I’ve had all year, the 2012 Tynan MG absolutely soars from the glass with aromas of ripe blackberries and earth. On the palate, this is a stunning expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. Unreal levels of concentration and intensity expand and drive massive but controlled flavors of blackberry, earth, campfire, pencil lead, and spice. Loaded with so much complex flavorings undulating repeatedly, with a mid-palate drop that lingers on and on, cruising through to a finish that lasts even longer. The density and concentration is matched only by the complete drive and concerted speed by which the flavors are executed.

    This is exceptional winemaking my friends and it just goes to show with a few years of bottle age what Tynan is able to produce with the MG. If you happen to have this vintage of MG, consider yourself extremely lucky. If you have more than one, then slap yourself and thank your lucky stars you scored on these when you did. I would encourage those to muster up a bit of courage and pop the cork and see what’s under the hood on one of these bad boys because it is absolutely without question one of the wines the vintage. It’s just starting to come into its optimum drinking window now and will drink exceptionally for decades. 99-100 points.

    During this trip, I was continually impressed with all of the wines we were fortunate enough to drink. I will say also that there were three wines in particular for me that totally crushed my cranium with their unbelievable representations of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 Harlan, 2012 Tynan MG, and 2018 Macdonald were next-level juice that dominated the landscape even among their otherwise remarkable peers.

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 98 points

    April 23, 2021 - Getting a chance to taste this wine was a real treat. Chris' wines are so built for age that it can be hard to get a real good read on them early. This showed without a doubt that these are going to age gracefully and gain significant complexity over time.

    What I found unique and interesting about this wine was its ability to show off really massive levels of concentration without it being dominated by fruit. Reminded me a bit of Harlan in that respect, although I am not ready to put this wine at that level.

    TN: Blackberries, forest floor, loamy soil and hints on smoked meat and char on the nose. Concentrated and super savory on the palate, this is a bigger version of a nicely aged BDX. Showing super complexity, deftly integrated tannins and plenty of freshness, it's still a baby in the lifecycle. I expect it to get better for another decade, and that's not common in Napa.

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  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 96 points

    April 2, 2021 - Dream Trip - Napa On A Mission - All My favorites Plus A Few New Ones; 4/1/2021-4/4/2021 (Napa Valley): Question: Who is Christopher Tynan and what the heck is the MG vineyard?

    Answer: A new favorite winery and vineyard that no one knows about.

    Apparently it is made from some really old vines with elevation in St Helena and named after wild turkeys, not the spirit although a good drinking game would be to drink wild turkey and then see who can spell this vineyard name. Each letter they get wrong is a drink... ok I have a problem and might have just veered off topic.

    I wanted to stay with this wine for a couple hours but then I would have missed all the other goodness being poured in my glass plus my liver was having another side conversation that I obviously was ignoring as it had no idea what it was talking about. Biggest problem is there was no way I was pouring this out it was too good (note to self, bring a box of glasses for my next visit). Big but with great structure built for the long haul with a rich, complex deep dark black and dark red fruits, flowers, great minerality and enough lift to keep things honest.

    I never had the opportunity to taste the MG previously however I was able to buy the 2016 release after coming off the wait list. These wines are built for the long haul but unlike others are super enjoyable with enough time in the decanter but are awesome with time in the cellar. These are not fruit bombs rather delicious must have age worthy wines.

    Tynan wines were the surprise of the trip for both the group and me. Get on this list before it’s too late.

    EDIT: I just read Geaux's tasting notes and in it he said AG gave this an 88- NO WAY that is even close to accurate. I am a super tough but fair grader and that is literally not possible. Maybe AG is envious or jealous of Chris's good looks but there is no way that this wine scores anything close to that (and I respect AG). I would say he needs to re-taste but who cares as this wine is badass, and so is the rest of Tynan's portfolio.

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  • Geaux Tigers Likes this wine: 97 points

    February 19, 2021 - I finally lost my patience on my Tynan wines and had to pull one now that the power is back on in TX.

    2 hr decant and this was singing. Deep opaque red black in color, inky on the front of the palate, somewhat tannic on the back, but a long finish that kept dragging me back. The nose was heavenly.

    Red and black berry fruit dominant with complimentary floral and perfume notes and berry fruit nose, with a touch of oak in a good way. On the palate, fresh red and black cherries and black raspberries, sweet and acidic but not tart. Herbs, burning embers, pine tar, and wet rock notes complimentary on the palate. Some coffee and toffee notes bouncing around as well.

    As noted, some oak apparent from the notes but not overpowering, a tannic backbone holding it all together. No hard edges. Hides the 15+ a/c well. I think this could use another 1-2 years, but it’s damn good now. I’ve been wondering how long it would take for these to come around. 8-9 years is the answer, but I think 10-12 will be the peak for me. I can see why AG gave this 88 early on, but challenge whether that number is even close to the wine that has evolved since then.

    Post-script: at 3-4 hours the tannins took over and the nose simplified into crushed blackberry, while palate became a bit leaner and linear on the red/black fruit scale. Not bad, just pointing it out

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  • msuwine wrote: 97 points

    September 15, 2020 - This rich and integrated wine is stunning right now, with an incredible interplay of fruit, tannin, and acidity. The intensity here is almost too much to handle (and I say this as a fan of modern Napa Cabernet), but the complexity and nuance are undeniable. The wine has softened and deepened since a few years ago (1/17 - 95 points), but it still needs a few years to subside and integrate. Unlike many 2012s, this wine is still on its way to becoming something even better. If you're currently looking for a roller coaster of flavor, though, this is your ticket.

    Dark purple, almost black, in color; full in body; nose of graphite, boysenberry, espresso grounds, dried herbs, and grilled ribeye. Pungent and more ripe flavors of blackberry, dark cherry, black licorice, leather, and cocoa beans, with a lingering finish that has mostly integrated its tannins but not quite shed its sweetness. 15.1% alcohol. 97 as of now, but it should be even better, if approaching perfection, in 2022 or later. Decant at least two hours.

    P.S. And now, boys and girls, it's time to critique the critic. In 2018, AG called this wine "flat and one-dimensional," with a "jammy" and "forbiddingly tannic" profile (VN 88). Um, no. Even if that combination of descriptors made sense (cough, it doesnt), it doesn't describe the wine. This is rich and multi-layered, with ripe fruit that is nowhere near jammy, and tannins that are a long way from being forbidding. In short, this wine is beautiful, and I can't wait to open my other bottles in another few years.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Christopher Tynan Wines
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Old Vines
  • Vineyard Meleagris Gallopavo
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • In Cellars 135 (60%)
  • Consumed 89 (40%)

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