2012 Chaleur Estate 6.0L ENG
RED MOUNTAIN AVA
Exhibiting a classically substantial nose of ripe black cherries and blueberries with toasted spices, lavender, pencil snap, and anise, this vintage is stunning. It has all the concentration and structure expected from Red Mountain with a solid core of blueberries, chocolate, fennel and vanilla oak nuances. The finish is seamless and unending.
Review by Jeb Dunnuck, June 2015
"The 2012 Chaleur Estate is truly terrific, with classic Cabernet notes of blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, tobacco, chocolate and damp earth. Almost Bordeaux-like in its structure and focus on the palate, it has nicely integrated acidity, beautiful concentration and plenty of tannic grip that comes through on the finish. While not lacking in texture or concentration, the overall impression here is one of focus, purity and balance, and it won't hit prime time for another 4-7 years. This is a young, beautifully put together Washing State Cabernet Sauvignon that will have 25 years or more of overall longevity."