Odette 2012 Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon (96RP)
- Size: 750ml
- Item Code: WN15012903
- Vintage: 2012
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc. This beautiful wine admirably captures The essence of the Stags Leap in its elegance and finesse. It possesses stunning richness along with abundant, concentrated raspberry, black currant and black cherry fruit intermixed with incense, licorice and a touch of Christmas fruitcake. Full-bodied yet ethereal, well-balanced, textured and impressively endowed, it will provide enjoyment over the next 15-20 years.
The PlumpJack empire has upped the ante yet again with Odette, their new acquisition in the heart of the Stags Leap District. Named after Odette Kahn, the French judge from the 1976 “Judgment of Paris” who was mortified after she voted for a California wine as the best in show, this new team is looking to add some more trophies to their already full case. Robert Parker named them his “winery to watch” in a recent article in Forbes Life, and dropped some whopping scores on their inaugural releases. Anyone who knows anything of how the PlumpJack crew rolls should expect nothing but greatness from this up-and-coming property. We’re thrilled to offer you this inaugural release from one of the most reputable names in the business. Given the demand for wine from their other estates, we don’t expect these to be around for long. Act accordingly. (Robert Parker)
Ratings and Awards
Robert Parker recommends this wine.
“Full-bodied yet ethereal, well-balanced, textured and impressively endowed, it will provide enjoyment over the next 15-20 years.”Robert Parker , The Wine Advocate
Cabernet Sauvignon makes the most dependable candidate for aging, more often improving into a truly great wine than any other single varietal. With age, its distinctive black currant aroma can develop bouquet nuances of cedar, violets, leather, or cigar box and its typically tannic edge may soften and smooth considerably. It is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in the Medoc district of France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Long thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet sauvignon berries are small, spherical with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide. The best growing sites for producing quality wines from Cabernet Sauvignon are in moderately warm, semi-arid regions providing a long growing season, on well-drained, not-too-fertile soils. Vineyards in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, much of the Napa Valley, and around the Paso Robles area of the Central Coast have consistently produced the highest-rated California examples. Typically, Cabernet Sauvignon wines smell like black currants with a degree of bell pepper or weediness, varying in intensity with climatic conditions, viticulture practices, and vinification techniques. Climates and vintages that are either too cool or too warm, rich soils, too little sun exposure, premature harvesting, and extended maceration are factors that may lead to more vegetative, less fruity character in the resulting wine.