Saturated purple-black hue. Opulent blackberry, red plum, and red cherry aromas are laced with minerals, cola, and chocolate. This mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon gains density on the mid-palate with more black fruit, cassis, licorice, and black olives. The tannins have softened over the years and the wine is drinking brilliantly right now, yet there’s still plenty of structure and balance to cellar for another five. Either way, it’s spectacular. Drink now to 2025.


Now here’s a rare opportunity: a perfectly stored Cabernet from the great 2012 vintage that sold out at the winery for $110 for only $59.99. It’s from a very special vineyard at the top of Diamond Mountain (2400 feet) that sells most of its fruit to such cult producers as Lokoya and Cardinale.


What they keep for themselves is fashioned by the former winemaker for Stags Leap Wine Cellars, John Gibson, into a Diamond Mountain Cabernet that’s both archetypal (black cherry and dark chocolate) and sensational. Indulge!

Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards Ascent, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 [Diamond Mountains]

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