For most of the world, including Colorado, 2012 was a good year. The fruit was full and rounded. Cabernet Sauvignon ripened well in the Grand Valley and this wine will serve to demonstrate how, even when it is vinified at a less than knock-your-socks-off alcohol (13.9%), it holds its fullness and typical profile, displaying all the flavors and structure you expect in a Cabernet Sauvignon. Cab is not just a wine of power, as those familiar with New World Cabs are accustomed to. Richness is not lost with finesse.
Cabernet can be a wine that on one end of the spectrum is distinctly herbaceous, lean, and supple, or a wine that is rich, fully showing its depth with dark flavors and reserved but polished refinement. And then it can be big, powerful, a fruit packed bomb ready to fill your mouth with ripe denseness. In all of its presentations it does not lose its character unless it is badly vinified.
This wine from Creekside Cellars follows the second description of finesse: rich and full, yet reserved and polished. Dark cherry greets you on the nose dressed in oak flavors of clove, cedar, leather, and the whole cigar box scenario. A little toast and allspice polish off its well integrated flavors.
All are held together by firm tannins and it keeps its pleasant balance from the start to its long, rich finish. An excellent example of the noble grape and a wine not to miss. At the wineries restaurant, it pairs very well with the beef sandwich.
In bottle now, it awaits its release and will be something to tempt you strongly. I have no problem in recommending this wine to wine lovers and those who favor a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon of subtle elegance and yet enough power to satisfy the potency lovers. The PH is 3.49 and the TA is 7.3 grams per liter, which bodes well for a wine with a fresh backbone but, as you will find, also has a perfect balance while its viscosity and saturated flavors coat the mouth.
Emotional rating: Deeply satisfying without being over the top. For me, a solid 95 points of pleasure.
Available from the winery, Creekside Cellars, Colorado.