Barlow Barrouge Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga, Napa Valley 2012

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Calistoga, Napa Valley

Varietal   Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price   $50

ABV   14.7%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep, garnet red with a good dose of purple as well.

Aromatics

The nose is ever so charming with waves of cassis, blackberry, and plum with generous accents of leather, cigar box, allspice, clove, oak, and forest floor.

Flavor

The palate is in full agreement with the nose delivering a silky, complex entry with a dense fruit-driven core that lingers on and on with vibrant notes of sweet oak and elegant brown baking spices on the finish.

Intensity & Texture

Full-bodied and ideally balanced with great length and depth that best reveals itself with an hour of aeration.

Cool Factor

A

A superb Bordeaux-style blend from Napa is always welcomed and always cool.

Value Grade

A

It's not cheap but it is damn near perfect so anything short of $100 is a value and since we can get two bottles for the Franklin note we are pleased.

Analysis

A classic Bordeaux blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Petite Verdot. Like all Barlow wines the yields per acre are rather low and the fruit and concentrated and expressive. This wonderful Cabernet blend spends 21 months in French oak while never expressing a heavy presence of oak. Fewer than 400 cases were made from this ideal Napa Valley vintage. This wine is a classic and will do well if cellared for a decade but don't wait too long as the vibrant fruit notes are not to be missed. 95 points out of 100.

How to Enjoy

You need nothing but a glass and we do recommend decanting this wine and serving it with roasted meats and complex braised dishes.

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