2012 Terlato Family Vineyards Rutherford Cabernet
Years ago, the Chimney Rock winery and estate teamed up with the Terlato family to make “Cabernets that rival the very best of Bordeaux.” Situated right in the heart of Napa Valley, many would claim that they have accomplished this mission, both with Chimney Rock’s own Cabernets as well as the Terlato family’s Cabernets.
Terlato may not be as household a name as Chimney Rock, but this stands to reason. They are a behind-the-scenes actor, representing some of the most prestigious names in the wine world but at the wholesale level. So rarely, if ever, would a client interact directly with this family. Yet like many families who get involved in the wine world, the romance pulled them in. And once they had partnered with Chimney Rock, they had the means and resources to make an impressive Napa Valley Rutherford Cabernet worthy of their name:
This Cabernet opens with an explosion of blackberry, kirsh, overripe Rainer cherries, mocha and dark chocolate. It is a luxurious Cabernet (think of its Rutherford heritage) whose structure is fully integrated, soft and incredibly supple. 2012 was a great vintage in Napa, with all the sunshine a grape could ever want, ripening to its full and maximum potential, creating wines of powerful concentration and enormous flavors. And better yet, this is a back-vintage beauty, and at six years old it’s ready to jump into your glass and party. Let’s crack one open now!
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