Wine Advocate 95+ points - Firm in texture, with smoky, licorice-accented blackberry, cherry, molasses and coffee flavors that keep gaining momentum as they play against a mild grip of tannins. The finish pushes on. Has tremendous presence and persistence. Best after 2017. From Washington.-H.S.
Wine Spectator 93 points - Tasted out of barrel, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon should be a significant step up over the 2011. Full-bodied, beautifully textured, concentrated and rich, with high, yet sweet tannin, it offers up notions of cassis, cedar, cherry blossom and lead pencil shavings in its pure, sexy personality. Given the texture and concentration, it should drink reasonably well on release, yet evolve for two decades.
DOUBLEBACK VINEYARDS 2012 DOUBLEBACK CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"Another killer wine from the collaboration between Chris Figgins and Drew Bledsoe, there are 3,000 cases of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and it offers sensational notes of tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings, graphite and sweet cassis on the nose. This is followed up by a full-bodied, concentrated, and still elegant 2012 that has lots of tannin, beautiful purity of fruit and a seamless texture that keep you coming back to the glass. Made from 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot, aged 20 months in 83% new French oak, give this rocking 2012 3-4 years in the cellar and enjoy it through 2032+." Jeb Dunnuck Wine Advocate 95+ points Drink 2015-34