Karo-Kann Cabernet Block 12 Reserve 2014 | Powerful & Opulent
The Karo-Kann Cabernet Block 12 Reserve 2014 is a stunner. Deep, dark crimson in color, bursting with crushed dark-fruit aromatic. Plus, black cherries and black plums—laced with sandalwood, tobacco and sweet vanilla-oak spice. While Rich, expansive and bold on the attack. In addition full-bodied with layers of blackberry preserves, dark cherry, cola, and new-wood cedar. Powerful yet elegant, ripe, showing all the rich opulence of the 2014 vintage. And bracketed by bold, rustic mountain tannins that argue for 15-20 years in a cool cellar.
Atlas Peak Block 12
So Block 12 was one of the most stunning mountain vineyards we’d ever laid eyes on. While it’s gnarled vines, planted in the rugged, volcanic soils of Atlas Peak, were so low-yielding that the vineyard owners actually removed it from production. But not before we purchased its final harvest, one of the most complex, highly concentrated, and massively structured lots of mountain Cabernet we’d ever seen. 1,600 feet up on Atlas Peak, Block 12—the steepest, most rugged planting in one of the top vineyards in the AVA—was truly too good to be true.
While fruit from Block 12 was impeccable, yields were so low and labor costs to farm the vineyard so high, that it became uneconomical to grow grapes. Block 12’s last harvest produced Karo-Kann Cabernet Block 12 Reserve 2014. Most of all, an extravagant elixir, powerful and opulent enough to compare to the vineyard owner’s $150 single-vineyard Cab.
The Story Behind the Wine | $150 Single Vineyard Cab for $42.00
It all began in 2014 on the nosebleed slopes of Atlas Peak, just a stone’s throw from the Antinori family’s Antica Estate. There, at the top of one of the rockiest outcrops on the mountain lay Block 12. Rows of Cabernet Sauvignon were steeply terraced and tightly planted—forget about driving a tractor up there—and yields were minuscule, especially in drought years, like 2014. Farming was done entirely by hand, requiring a crew twice the normal size. While conditions were far from ideal, the fruit was superb. The extreme rockiness of the parcel accentuated the effect of the cool volcanic soil found all over the mountain, extending the growing season and giving great violet, wild herb, and cocoa complexity to the fruit.
In May of 2014, a tiny crop of Cabernet clusters had set in Block 12. Realizing that they were in for another vintage of prohibitively high costs, the vineyard’s owners made the tough decision to pull the vineyard from production the following year. Yields were too low—just 1.5 tons/acre—and labor costs were too high to continue farming the parcel. The question remained, however, what to do with the gorgeous, thick-skinned Cabernet that was then hanging on the vines. That’s when we got the call.
The price was steep, but the fruit was simply too good to pass up. We commissioned one of the top winemakers in the valley—a guy whose day job sees him making $200 bottles—to do the grapes justice. The results were staggering. Cut from the same cloth as the vineyard owner’s $150 Cab. Just $42.00 today, as we honor our commitment to bring you remarkable Karo-Kann Cabernet Block 12 Reserve 2014 at truly unremarkable prices.
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|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||How often can you truly get $150 Single Vineyard Cab for $42! A truly remarkable powerful & opulent wine that will age well for 20+ years | Highly acclaimed 2014 vintage|
|Why now?||Exclusive – last chance to treat your cellar to a present that will reward for two decades|
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|What is it?||Napa Valley Single Vineyards Red Wine from Atlas Peak|
|What’s in it?||Cabernet Sauvignon | ABV 14.9%|
|When to drink?||Now to 2035+|
|Pair with:||Red Meat, Comfort Foods & Hard Cheese|
|Drink with:||Great friends, Napa Cab Lovers|
|Occasion||A juicy thick steak dinner, Gourmet Burgers & Gourmet Friends|
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|Recommended purchase Qty:||4+ includes free shipping|