"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. It reveals deeper, richer cassis fruit than the 2011 or 2010, a sweet, velvety mouthfeel, and a medium to full-bodied texture. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. (91-93)" –December 2013
Stephen Tanzer Ramey Wine Cellars, 2012 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
"(includes 7% merlot, 5% malbec and 3% petit verdot; aged in 55% new oak): Bright purple. Intense, smoke-accented aromas of cherry and blackcurrant, with Indian spice and floral notes adding complexity. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering energetic dark fruit flavors and a hint of chewing tobacco. Closes tangy and long, with slow-building tannins and very good focus. (91-93)"
"Well-crafted, offering a mix of dense earth, cedar and dark berry flavors, with crushed rock, graphite, espresso and cigar box nuances. Ends with chewy tannins. Will benefit from some cellaring. Drink now through 2028. 8,600 cases made.–JL" –October 2015
2012 summed up to be a perfect vintage with a long, moderate growing season, extended hang time, & even ripening. The Ramey Napa Cabernet fruit comes from a combination of hillside and valley floor vineyards. Aging on the fine lees incorporates the oak so that the 18 months spent in 57% new barrels (a mixture of three-year air dried French and American) is barely noticeable. As with all of Ramey's wines, it was fermented with native yeasts and bottled without filtration.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 3% Petite Verdot.