96 Point Vintage - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
92 Insider Points
The fruit for this delicious wine comes from a single vineyard across the street from the cult status Preston Vineyards on the West Dry Creek Benchland. The 2012 vintage is juicy and expressive and drinking on all cylinders right now. Stomped berries, bramble and black tea waft from the glass, leading to a firm palate that is lush with fruit, with powerful tannin and nuanced rustic notes of leather and graphite. A tasty bottle of wine at a compelling price, don’t miss this one! Enjoy now through 2024. - DZ Jan 2017
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
$0 SHIPPING Selection (6+/btls)
A single-vineyard stunner, very much in keeping with last year’s inaugural release from the new label, and yet from an even more successful vintage.
The Cardinal Rule is a that wine you want to stock up on. After crushing it with its first release (selling out thru invino) it's still considered a 'new' label. That said, the vineyard source is a time-tested site long known for its spectacular red wine grapes and is today one of Dry Creek’s most venerated sites—the Scharf family vineyard. Planted right next Preston Vineyards, in a pastoral corner of Sonoma County that very much retains its old country charm, the terroir and climate of Scharf Family vineyard is pretty much perfect for warm, ripe and balanced Cabernet. Vines are planted on sloping hillsides under which lurks the region’s famed volcanic soils.
And in 2012 (an outstanding vintage in Dry Creek) these grapes produced a luscious and vivid Cabernet featuring more red fruits and spice than the brooding cassis and blackberry inflected Cabs of Napa. Drink this lovely Cabernet with beef, poultry or spicy cuisine. Its grace and ripe raspberry and red currant fruit also make it a delight as a solo sipper.
Reasons why we love it:
- The 2012 vintage in Sonoma was “excellent across the board,” according to the Wine Spectator. Parker gave the year 92 points, and Wine Enthusiast concurs with its own 92-point score.
- Winemaker Adolfo Alarcon tank fermented this Cab to preserve its inherent freshness and aged the wine for just shy of two years in American oak, combining new, used and neutral wood to round out the wine’s body and tannins without imparting a strong oaky influence.
- The cardinal rule behind this name of this label is not exactly the same rule you tell your children over and over again. Here it’s: Drink what you love. Love what you drink!
- Over 30 years ago, the Scharfs planted the very first grapes in their family vineyard in picturesque Dry Creek Valley, California, just North of Sonoma. Years later, three Los Angeles clans--The Scharfs, Louis and Akens --came together over a love of wine, food and family.
The 2012 vintage is a true standout. The even ripening conditions and near perfect sugar acid balance in the grapes was a winemaker's dream. The Bordeaux varietals flourished unlike any vintage in recent memory. This impeccable wine displays wonderful aromatics of cherry, black currant and black olive notes. Additional airing reveals dried floral, allspice and hints of nutmeg and juniper. The palate is full-bodied and fleshy with excellent tannin and structure. The wine is silky and smooth with superb balance - something we work tirelessly to achieve. The finish lingers on showing great texture and charm.
Over 30 years ago, the Scharfs planted the very first grapes in their family vineyard in picturesque Dry Creek Valley, California, just North of Sonoma. From its humble beginnings, the vineyard has continuously produced high quality grapes, produced in small quantities and cared for greatly.
Years later, three Los Angeles families - The Scharf, Loui, and Akens families, came together over a love of wine, food, and family. Through our wine, we’ve been able to cross generations, share memories, and spend a lot more time in Sonoma.
Our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from the same family vineyard, while our Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Pinot grapes are from our neighbor families in Dry Creek and the Russian River areas. Over time, we’ve been fortunate enough to grow our extended family to wine makers and farmers in the local area at Kokomo and Alexander Valley Vineyards.
Our Cardinal Rule has always been: “Drink what you love, love what you drink.”
Uncork this wine alongside Beef, Lamb and Steak.