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2012 Hoopes Cabernet Sauvignon "Oakville"

Winery: Hoopes

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Oakville"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon & 3% Merlot

Region: Oakville

State or country: CA

Price: $75

Cases produced: 1,499

KWG Score: 93 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: May 7, 2015

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville is very good. It opens with a fragrant boysenberry bouquet with hints of vanilla oak. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, nicely balanced, elegant and smooth as silk. The flavor profile is a delicious black currant with notes of black plum and nicely integrated oak. I also detected some hints of black licorice and black pepper as well. The finish is dry and its refined moderate tannins drift away nicely. I would pair this very nice Cab with a filet mignon. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Our 2012 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is an exciting for me, personally. Oakville is the heart and soul of the Napa Valley and my favorite playground for winemaking. The Hoopes vineyard site is classic Oakville. Our 2012 offering is a rich, deep wine. It is juicy, with layers of dark cassis, blackberry and cherry, as well as elements of coal, baking spices, leather and graphite. I love how this wine opens up and pops in the mouth with complexity on the nose, but freshness on the palate. This wine follows through to a lovely finish with supple tannins.

Organic status: not organic

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