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Mario Bazán

Mario Bazán
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$65.00
Cellar Selection

Mario Bazán
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Garnet black color. Spicy, floral aromas of rose petal, polished wood, and cinnamon potpourri with a round, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, charming, medium-long cranberry sauce with orange zest, stewed plum, chocolate sauce on toasted nuts, and dill and fresh fennel finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A highly cellarable wine; huge fruit flavors in a velvety package.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: rose petal, polished wood, and cinnamon potpourri
Taste Flavor: cranberry sauce with orange zest, stewed plum, chocolate sauce on toasted nuts, and dill and fresh fennel
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Daube Provençal, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A highly cellarable wine; huge fruit flavors in a velvety package.
The Producer

Mario Bazan Cellars

The Producer
1784 Monticello Rd
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-255-0718
Cabernet Sauvignon
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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that is the source of some of the world’s most celebrated and longest-lived reds. Grown in many countries, it is most famous in Bordeaux, where it is the principal grape in red Bordeaux as well as in California – especially Napa Valley- where it is labeled by its varietal name.

Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas and flavors of black currant, cassis, black cherry and sometimes plum (in warmer regions or vintages). Quite rich on the palate, the variety is very tannic, giving its wines a bitter edge in their youth, but also providing the wines with great aging potential, with top flight examples drinking well for as long as four or five decades. Given their richness and flavor profile, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon need to be paired with rich red meats, such as steaks and roasts as well as game.

Besides France and California, other countries with warm growing regions also excel with Cabernet Sauvignon. These include the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys in Chile as well as the Bolgheri district, situated on the coast of Tuscany.