2012 TR Passalacqua Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Block 4
This wine was tasted on January 26, 2019 from a 750ml bottle that was stored between 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit. Older vintages may show some bottle variation depending upon storage conditions and differences in cork density. Also, please note that some library bottlings may take an additional one to two weeks to process and ship.
Mashed, sun ripened blackberries in a cigar box—this is the aromatic profile of the Block 4 from 2012. It is inky, dark and brooding on the palate, with bold tannins that are beginning to soften and integrate forming an enduring backbone. This Cabernet finishes rich and bold with ripe black olive and sweet, chocolate-covered black cherries. I suggest drinking this wine now, and if cellared properly, up through 2032.
Block 4 sits on a North facing hillside, exposing the grapes to gentle indirect sunlight throughout the growing season. This slow even ripening of the grapes brings out depth and density in the wine. The loam soils in Block 4 are also sprinkled with a bit of rock that lends a nuanced minerality to the wine. This unique spot produces the signature Block 4 fruit that we consistently select for its elegance and complexity.
Twenty months in thin-staved French oak, one-half new and one-half one year old.