2012 Darioush Mount Veeder Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon

I really enjoyed this 2012 Darioush Hillside Cabernet from Mount Veeder. Intense, dark purple color shows really rich extraction during vinification. This is a juicy, full bodied vintage with loads of blackberry and black cherry fruit, complimented with elements of earth, licorice, cigar box, and dried meats. The acidity is bright, refreshing and mouthwatering, and the tannins are supple and very well integrated to provide balance to the wine. Treatment with new French oak provides some really nice cedar, clove and chocolate notes to compliment the dark fruits on the palate. This will continue to age well into the future.