2012 Shadybrook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – Just Simply Impressive

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The Winery

What a magnificent hidden gem beneath Mt George in the Coombsville AVA. Owners David and Alice Alkosser found a piece of heaven. They are situated on 25 rolling hillside acres with phenomenal views facing west and south. They have planted the five key Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec on this property.

I was introduced to Shadybrook by their prominent winemaker Rudy Zuidema with their inaugural 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon release. I have been a buyer for many additional releases without hesitation with the 2012 being exceptional. The 2012 Cab made my listing of “Top Wines Tasted in 2015”. Currently they are offering three wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Platine Blanc (in the tradition of whites from Bordeaux). All their wines are available with quantity limitations on purchases.

The 2012 Shadybrook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Decided to splurge this week and pulled out a 2012 Shadybrook Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon which was simply smooth and elegant. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a silky and layered wine. On the eyes it is dark and enticing. A cacophony of flavors from sweet pipe tobacco to plum to blackberries delight the senses. A pleasing finish with mocha and velvety tannins provides an opulent finish. The current release is their 2019 and lists for $145 on the website.

Truly one of the better wine offerings in Napa Valley. In fact they were named Best Winery in California by Yelp!






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