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2012 AB Monte Rosso CS – August Briggs

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Monte Rosso, Sonoma Valley

This vintage is a spectacular version of our Monte Rosso Cabernet and the staff believes it is the best ever produced by August Briggs. The wine offers up a dark ruby color with complex aromas of crushed berry, currants, and smoky oak.

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ABOUT THIS WINE

These grapes are sourced from the famed Napa Valley wine pioneer Louis Martini who purchased the vineyard in the 1930s and named it Monte Rosso (Red Mountain) after its red soils. The combination of mountain soils, cool breezes, elevation, and good sun exposure give Monte Rosso its uniqueness.

This vintage is a spectacular version of our Monte Rosso Cabernet and the staff believes it is the best ever produced by August Briggs. The wine offers up a dark ruby color with complex aromas of crushed berry, currants, and smoky oak. On the palate, fruit flavors of mixed dark berries, plum, and vanilla integrate nicely. The velvety and smooth texture fools you into thinking this wine is not so rich…but you would be so wrong. It is powerful and dense with amazing body and length on the finish. The balance of fruit and oak ensure that this wine will age for years to come. Enjoy this vintage to the fullest; few are better than the 2012. This wine is big and drinkable now, but will mellow and soften with time. Drink thru 2020.

As with all our Cabernet, before destemming and crushing, the fruit was scrutinized cluster by cluster across our sorting conveyor, allowing only the best fruit to pass through. After a two day cold soak, the must was inoculated with yeast and allowed to warm. A combination of punchdowns and pumpovers were employed to gently attain the maximum extraction from the skins. At dryness the must was gently pressed, the wine inoculated with malo-lactic culture and put to barrel. The wine was barrel aged for 20 months (25% new American Oak, 75% 2 & 3 year old American and French Oak) prior to bottling. 225 cases produced.
SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage 2012
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation Sonoma Valley
Alcohol 14.6%
Cases 225
Barrel Aging 20 Months
Barrels French/American Oak