St. Clement Vinyards Oroppas Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, California


My Rating 95 Points. 
Price $47.

For this special evening, let’s toast to a great New Year, with this gorgeous Napa Red.

Deep ruby in color.

Extremely big nose with figs, blackberries, plums, raisins, black pepper, black currants, American oak, cloves and vanilla.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, chocolate, blueberries, black pepper, and vanilla.

Full bodied and bold, with enough acidity to balance the tannins into smooth, round, long finish.

What an outstanding Napa Cabernet.

14% alcohol by volume with gorgeous legs.


2 thoughts on “St. Clement Vinyards Oroppas Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, California

  1. Pretty hard to enjoy it when it was already getting dark here…on New Years Eve. Not many who want to go out and look for it…or try to get fast delivery by mail. Just a thought…

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  2. Went to their website and for the record retail is $60, so $47 is a good price. I thought I remembered this, googled it and found this 2001 article from the Los Angeles Times:
    We don’t often think of agricultural land as glamorous real estate. But when the land produces great wine, its status and value rocket. The great vineyards of Bordeaux and Burgundy are considered French national treasures. California’s Napa Valley is moving rapidly in that direction.

    But how all-American is Napa Valley? Asked who owns that precious Napa Valley vineyard land, most of us would think of well-known brands like Beaulieu, Beringer and Mondavi. Pushed to guess at a dark horse, we might think of Gallo.

    In fact, the largest Napa Valley vineyard owners are foreign corporations.

    A current Wine Business Monthly article reveals that nearly 25% of Napa County’s approximately 40,000 acres of vineyards are owned or controlled by English, Australian, French, Japanese and Swiss companies. The two biggest names are Diageo–a U.K.-based giant that also owns Burger King–and the Australian beer brand Foster’s.

    Between them, Diageo (Beaulieu Vineyard, Sterling and Mumm Napa Valley) and Foster’s (Beringer, St. Clement and Stags’ Leap) by themselves own or control more than 10% of Napa vineyards.

    …buy American…support small wineries, not corporate owned!

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