Wine Spectator 90 points - Open-textured and inviting, with a pop of dark berry and sassafras flavors on a supple frame, finishing with firm tannins. This one sneaks up on you. Drink now through 2017. 4,319 cases made.
(Oct 31 2014)
Vinous 92 points - Bright medium red-ruby. Initially brooding aromas of cassis, licorice, minerals, cocoa powder, menthol and mocha opened quickly with air. Densely packed, sweet and glossy, with a pliant texture and showy flavors of black cherry, cassis, menthol, flowers and sexy oak. This deep, tactile cabernet shows excellent depth and a long, lightly saline finish featuring ripe, chewy, building tannins. This should age well but it’s also delicious now with some time in a decanter.
Wine Advocate 93 points - A beautiful Bordeaux blend, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series checks in as a blend of 100% Cabernet, from a number of vineyards (mostly Woodward Canyon, Champoux and Spring Creek), that spent 21 months in 50% new French oak. It’s a classy, full-bodied, seamless and sexy 2012 that exhibits lots of black cherry, black raspberry, toasted spices, licorice and dried herbs. The most approachable and forward of the Bordeaux blends, it will still have two decades of longevity. (Jun 2015)