2012 Lindstrom Cabernet Sauvignon SLD

Year: 2012
Appellation: Stags Leap District, Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 91+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.3%
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"There's a lot to like here, from the initial drive of earth- and graphite-laced blueberry, cassis and dried berry flavors to the touches of cedary oak and crushed rock minerality. A long version, with gripping tannins. Drink now through 2027. 760 cases made. –JL " (WS)

"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon offers attractive sweet cassis and tobacco leaf aromas intermixed with notions of licorice and loamy soil. Sexy, medium to full-bodied, opulent and pure, it can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years.

Well-respected consultant Celia Welch provides her expertise at this 20-acre hilltop vineyard in Stags Leap. Unfortunately, these are limited production cuvées of around 500 cases each. This wine comes from a 300-350 foot elevation vineyard on rocky, steep hillsides planted with Cabernet Clone 337 and Clone 4." (WA)

"Lindstrom's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District is a powerful, intense wine. Scorched earth, smoke, tobacco, licorice and plums are all laced together nicely in this soft, plush Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark spices, menthol and leather add nuance on the finish. There may be just a little too much new oak for the wine's mid-weight structure, but then again, the 2012 was just bottled." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Named in honor of Greg and Carol Lindstrom's two daughters-Nicole and Ali-Nicali Vineyard reflects an intimate connection between the Lindstrom family and a remarkable piece of land in the heart of the Stags Leap District.

While searching for a small vineyard to explore their love of wine and agriculture, the Lindstroms discovered a beautiful 20-acre hilltop property in Stags Leap. Though surrounded by revered vineyards owned by Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Shafer Vineyards, and Joseph Phelps Vineyards, this idyllic site remained unplanted due to its steep hillsides and complex topography. The Lindstroms believed that if approached with patience and artistry, the land possessed all the qualities necessary to produce Cabernet Sauvignon of rare depth and power.

To achieve this goal, Nicali Vineyard is a tapestry of 11 gem-sized vineyard blocks, each planted with clone and rootstock selections carefully chosen with an eye towards soil type and sun exposure. With plantings on both a narrow ridgeline and on the vineyard's lower sloping hillsides, the architecture of each block has been designed to flow with the natural contours of the land. As a result, grapes from certain blocks derive their elegance from cooler morning sun, while others develop more robust flavors from their westward facings.

Nicali Vineyard has been planted to four separate Cabernet clones (337, 4, 7 and 6) on drought tolerant 110-R rootstock for the ridgeline blocks, and 101-14 for the hillside blocks. Though planted to only 4 total acres, Nicali's diversity of soil, sun exposure, clonal selection and rootstock yields a complex palette of fruit from which to craft the final blend each vintage.

To maintain the vineyard's pristine integrity, Nicali is hand farmed by renowned vineyard manager, Michael Wolf, using earth-friendly sustainable techniques. Whether meticulously pruning to ensure low yields from beautifully balanced canopies, or weeding by hand, our dedicated Nicali team constantly strives to achieve the site's potential as a world-class vineyard.