2012 Mario's Cabernet Sauvignon
16 months, 100% French oak (65% new)
Mario’s Vineyard is a 13-acre vineyard surrounding our flagship winery in St. Helena. Located in a narrow, protected part of the Napa Valley, this vineyard is a benchland off the slope of Spring Mountain, with a unique rocky composition ideally situated to growing stellar Cabernet Sauvignon. This jewel of a site produces elegant wine with floral aromas, bright red fruit flavors and a supple, satisfying texture. Our Central Park West Vineyard, named in a nostalgic nod to the Trinchero family’s New York City origins, is located at the southern end of the St. Helena appellation. This 22-acre vineyard is a level site with deep, loamy soils and good sun exposure, with dappled light and excellent air circulation—the ideal conditions for producing classic Napa Valley Cabernet.
The 2012 growing season in Napa Valley began with an early bud-break, followed by mild spring weather, which gave us a heavy berry set. Our vines consistently saw warm, beautiful days throughout the growing season, coupled with Napa’s signature cool nights and foggy mornings, ensuring slow and even ripening. The varietal flavor and character developed in unison with sugar ripening. A warm fall with very little rain made for a smooth harvest. The resulting wines have beautiful balance and depth.
“There are so many layers of complexity in this wine. Boasting a deep ruby, purple tinged hue, it begins with opulent aromas and flavors of candied black currant and blueberry that lead into a fleshy mid-palate thanks to its valley floor origins. This wine has an elegant structure and sumptuous texture—eminently approachable upon release. The tannins are light and pure, and the mouthfeel is incredibly round and supple.” – Mario Monticelli