2012 Dane Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Justi Creek Vineyard
First red we tried out of the threesome from Dane Cellars. Dark ruby red with purplish hues. Seemed very tight to begin with, just a little chalk and some black berries. Nice dark berries and cherries on the palate with some moderate tannins (6.5/10). Some cinnamon and nutmeg over a savory undertone. Literally melted on your tongue. Savory undertone with some floral herbs. Moderate plus bodied with a slight dry long finish. On day two and three it developed some more complex and lighter nuances such as truffles and cinnamon. Still holding together with a decent amount of tannins. Not as fruity as some of the fruit bombs out of Napa but definitely one of the best Sonoma Cabernets we have experienced so far.
The Justi Creek Vineyard is located above the valley floor in an area known as "Glen Ellen Moguls" which has well-drained soil ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermented in open top tanks, aged for 24 months in 35% new French oak barrels and like the Zinfandel is also unfiltered.
2016 till 2023.
Price Point:$$ - Sample provided by the Estate. Can be purchases at the Estate or online for $40.00.