Showing Off St. Helena and Oakville’s Cabernet Opulence
Napa Cabernet has never looked this good under-$20. Copious layers of brambly red and black black fruit, tertiary notes of sweet tobacco and minerals, and a savory herb finish reveal the 2012 Plank Walker to be much, much more than its humble price tag might suggest. Tack on 90 points from the Wine Access Master Wine Team and you have proof of one of the year’s best values. An opulent blend of all five Bordeaux varieties, led by St. Helena and Oakville-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 Plank Walker was given ample time to mature — 20 months in expensive French oak, plus 3 years in bottle — before its release, which means you’re allowed to open this one right now. If you’re like us, constantly scouring the globe for wines with sky high quality-to-price-ratios, this one’s for you. $35 at the winery. Just $19.99 per bottle — 43% off — on Wine Access.
Winemaker Greg Lawson is a master blender. His deft touch with Bordeaux varieties — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec — is the key to the balance, focus, boldness, and value of the 2012 Plank Walker. As Greg put it, “Blending is the true art of winemaking.” Here Greg has combined the personalities of noble Red grapes and the expressive terroirs of St. Helena and Oakville to create a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts...and its price tag.
Greg’s deep knowledge and love of winemaking comes from his family, who has been making wine in the Valley for nearly 40 years. Greg’s grandfather was the first president at Beringer Winery, and both of Greg’s brothers are in the wine business. For Greg, winemaking is an extension of all that he knows and loves, and the 2012 Plank Walker is case in point.