2012 Bernardus Marinus Red Blend

Year: 2012
Appellation: Carmel Valley, Monterey County
Country: USA - California
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
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"The 2012 Marinus is the estates Bordeaux release and is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. This ruby colored effort offers a deep, layered, supple style to go with impressive notes of red and black currants, bay leaf, olives, and cedary spice. It's ripe, medium to full-bodied, has a stacked mid-palate, building tannin and a great finish. It's certainly an outstanding wine and I suspect will see its 20th birthday in fine form." (JD)

"Editors' Choice, One of the winery's most celebrated releases each year, this blend of all five major Bordeaux red varieties is an excellent showcase of Carmel Valley's class. Freshly squeezed blackberry and blackcurrant fruit meet with beef char, charcoal and dried lilacs on the nose. The palate tastes of lava rocks, dark chocolate, fresh boysenberries, dried mint and beef jerky, all woven together with a touch of smoke. -Matt Kettmann " (WE)

Winery Notes:
Marinus exhibits a deep crimson color in the glass. The aromas are wonderfully vibrant with scents of cassis and ripe black cherry accented by notes of cedar, cloves and cinnamon. The palate is very full and intense, exploding with flavors of dark red fruits that linger on the long, highly-structured finish. While this wine is enjoyable now for its youthful power, it is an excellent candidate for many years of ageing in a suitable cellar.