This One Was Awesome
by Rob Van Bergen
Took a little while for it to open up in the glass, as we poured it right out of the bottle. At first it didn't show that well, but then after a little while, the wine really opened up. Had all the complexity and silken mouth feel of a $150+ bottle, with hints of cinnamon and even a little caramel after a few sips. Just a powerhouse...would love to know which vineyard produced the juice...I'm guessing it was Rudd. Great bargain for the way it drank. Going to see Chad at V12 this fall...don't love the celeb vineyard (Jimmy Vassar), but with Chad there, I'm way more excited.
Rob Van Bergen
Addition to review below
This is the first 2012 Cab of any repute that I've tasted, and it is very good, especially now with a couple of extra hours of air. If all of the 2012s are this accessible young, there are going to be lots of good times coming, and apparently they are expected to age well - reminds me of 2007 and that's a very good memory! It won't take much for this to be a five.
Nice combination of power and elegance.
Except for the graphite, I think all the elements described in the WA tasting notes are there as advertised. The wine is not as powerful as I might have thought, but it is very well balanced. 4.5 stars now, but I'm betting on five in a few years if I can keep from drinking it up before then. It's the best Cab I've tasted from Chad so far, and I'm glad I waited a while to open the first one.
Upgraading my first evaluation
I had a relatively bad experience with my first tasting and gave an initial rating of two stars. Am now upgrading and believe that earlier tasting was just a bad bottle. No comparison this time, a solid 4 star.
What a nice wine! A bit less body than I expected. Delicious today, and don't expect the rest will last long enough to age!
Still pretty bad......
Second bottle of the case, and this bottle of wine is a bigger enigma than the first......absolutely fantastic nose upon opening, beautiful fruit which lasted all of 15-20 minutes, if that, then nothing but alcohol on the nose. Nose then completely disappeared. Nice flavorful opening, which trailed off quickly in the mid palate and had an absolutely awful, empty, bland, nothing finish. Like a wine that's past it's drink-by-date. Waited an hour or more and all of a sudden some structure appeared, a bit of tannin, a bit of backbone with some black fruit. Weird, very weird......
This is a reserve?
Sorry, must be missing something. Others said it best. I feel like I was 'hoodwinked'. For starters, alcohol level was wrong. Sold as 14.5%, bottle says 15.5%. I don't think any of other "Oakville Reserves" sit that high. Decanted for 2 hours, waited for magic. Never came. Color not representative of Oakville, either. Disappointing purchase. Will set them down for a few years and hope for magic later.
You better be eating something tasty
Only THEN will this infant be at all palatable. The ABUNDANT TANNINS and meatiness are in there and only when it calms down- 10 yrs?- will it approach the repute of its terroir.
Honestly, I feel kinda hoodwinked. Perhaps the juice sampled by the WA crew was not what was bottled?
Trois estelle only because I suspect it might get greater later.
2nd night...maybe 3 1/2.........
Slightly better the second night.....seemed less"thin" with a little more power in the mouth but the nose seemed reduced from the first night. Still not a $30-40-50 bottle. Pricepoint should be about $18.99 given the other fine wines that WA has available. Chad was severely overpaid for this. No mas.........
A basic cab....no power, no depth but yet a nice bouquet, decent taste, light tannins just not an Oakville "Reserve" quality wine. Maybe it'll improve with time in the bottle? Maybe some people I know will get a few bottles for Christmas this year? This bottle should have gone for half this Wineaccess price. Doubt that I'll buy any more "Chad" going forward. His pinot was much better quality than this and at a better pricepoint, but I won't buy anymore cases when the quality and price are as askew as this is. One of the few time Wineaccess management hasn't been accurate.
It not worth $100 bottle wine, both flavor and smell. More like a $20 - $30 wine. will not buy again.
Not a bold Cab Hoped for a bit more flavor
I hope a few more helps this one out. I would not buy it again. Just not that flavor full.
A bit of a letdown
Expected considerably more from this wine and found aspects of this "reserve" lacking. I've had Pinots with better color, and the wine lacks appreciable fruit. Nose is fine, black cherry, licorice, red currants, pencil shaving cedar, and pleasant vanilla scents. Wine is obviously young, oak and grape tannins block any fruit unless decanter for about two hours wherein the tannins become much softer and what little fruit comes to the surface. Perhaps a few years might help, but I'm not convince the fruit will hold out. A decent, average Napa wine but a disappointing Oakville "reserve" experience. Would not buy again.
Good not great
Drinkable wine but a little disappointing given the selling notes. Alcohol level seems to overwhelm this wine. A little time in the cellar might help. The WA price seems appropriate but I would have been unhappy at 2X the cost.
Based on the story behind this wine I was ready for an extraordinary wine. It is still young and will no doubt improve with time in the bottle but....it was not the big, rich wine that I expect from an Oakville Reserve Cab.
color me a bit disappointed
If this is a $125 to $225 bottle of wine and I paid that for it, I'd probably be taking it back to the winery. Its fine for the price, but definitely not any where near matching the hype. I'm leaving it alone for now and fingers are crossed that it improves with age.
Too hot for now
Has potential for the future but the 15.5% alcohol level overwhelms it at this time.
Didn't live up to expectation
I compared to the Chad's 2011 vintage.
Nose and fruit are light. The 2011 is not a reserve and is better by far and cost less.
Altho my expectation for this vintage, with all the hype, were high, I have other 2012s which are
robust and priced correctly. I will let the remaining rest before I open another. At this point I just
feel it is overrated and one can do better for the price.