2012 Godspeed Cabernet Sauvignon
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This wine defines our passion for mountain grown Cabernet Sauvignon. At 1,500 feet elevation, at the end of a long and winding road, Larry Stricker’s picturesque vineyard comprises a series of steep hillsides and mixed sedimentary and volcanic soils. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines that cling to its slopes produce small clusters of deeply concentrated grapes that lead to statuesque wines with immense aging potential.
Rated 93-95 (Barrel)
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Godspeed Vineyard possesses fabulous richness, a full-bodied mouthfeel and plenty of blue and black fruit aromas and flavors with white flower notes thrown in for extra complexity. Long and supple, it will be drinkable when released in 2015, and should last for 15-20 years. Not yet released."
Godspeed is an artisan grower in the Mount Veeder Appellation of Napa Valley. The vineyard, planted in 1987, is the project of the Larry Stricker family. At 1,500 feet elevation, Larry’s picturesque vineyard on Mt. Veeder is an ideal spot for growing classic mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard comprises a series of steep hillsides and mixed volcanically-derived soils. Accessed through a long, winding road, it’s easy to see why Larry is so passionate about this remote vineyard. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines that cling to its slopes produce small clusters of deeply concentrated grapes that lead to statuesque wines with immense aging potential.
As my father always taught me, when it comes to red wine if you have great fruit to work with, it’s best to keep the winemaking simple. Determining the right moment to pick is one of the most crucial decisions, and as harvest approached in 2011, Adam and I returned again and again to this small vineyard to taste and sample the grapes. When the time came, the grapes were hand-picked, crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The young wine was then placed in thin-staved French oak barrels where the wine aged for nearly two years prior to bottling.
“It’s no secret that we love mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and year after year the fruit from Mt. Veeder’s Godspeed Vineyard justifies my passion. There’s an intensity and concentration to the grapes that practically jumps out of the crusher, and with careful handling this intensity translates to a wine of enormous depth and richness. The 2011 vintage produced a wine with generous aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, plums, cola berry, and cocoa powder, deftly balanced with the sweet toasty notes of classy French oak. Velvety-smooth, this is what I call an “instant gratification” wine, though cellaring will undoubtedly reward the collector with additional layers of complex flavors.”
- October 2-16, 2012
- 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Verdot
- 6.3 gm/L