An ideal 2012 growing season with warm days and cool, foggy nights offered the perfect conditions for fruit and tannin maturity. There were no heat spikes this year, so flavor development was at its peak. We pulled leaves around the fruit to give adequate exposure. Bloom and veraison occurred two weeks ahead of last year and the vines looked well balanced. The five clones in this vineyard ripened at different rates. We harvested the west facing hillside blocks in late September, and the other blocks ripened over the following three weeks. The uniqueness of each block contributed to the outstanding flavors of this vintage.
This is a remarkable vintage for this vineyard. The 2012 C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is elegantly perfumed with delicate floral notes mixed with ripe, red raspberries. These characteristics are reflected on the palate with flavors of raspberry and cherry, blended with a hint of licorice and signature Rutherford dust. Vanilla and toast from the French oak add warmth and flavor, while the wine’s lively acidity allows the flavors to linger on the palate. Soft and supple, yet generously rich, this wine is one that pops from start to finish.