Michel-Schlumberger Wines 'La Cime' Dry Creek Valley Cabernet 2012
By Jonathan H. Newman*
MICHEL SCHLUMBERGER 2012 LA CIME BENCHLAND WINE ESTATE DRY CREEK CABERNET SAUVIGNON
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Cabernet Sauvignon
GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Dry Creek Valley
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14.60%
In May, 2014, I sat down with winemaker Kerry Damskey to sample Schlumberger’s flagship Cabernet. Damskey was very excited about this wine as perhaps the best wine he has made for the winery. And he certainly has an exceptional palate and hand at winemaking with over a quarter century of experience including Palmeri Winery. This wine is made from their best Estate blocks. It is 90% Cab with small touches of Petit Verdot and Syrah (which are also from their Estate). A deep ruby red hue with purple highlights. A smashing nose of dark cherries, blueberries, cassis, chocolate and vanillin. Generous multi-dimensional dark red fruit including black raspberry, chocolate covered dark cherries, and plum with touches of vanilla, blueberries and cinnamon spice. A beautiful mouth feel with silky tannins and a smooth finish. This wine is a monumental step up from the previous vintage and will shine even better and benefit from cellar aging. Best enjoyed 2015-2023. Pair with Filet Mignon au poivre, lamb chops with garlic and herbs, Veal Parmesan, and Osso Bucco.
By Michel-Schlumberger Wines
2012 ‘La Cime’ Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley
This La Cime Cabernet Sauvignon is made from a blend of the finest blocks of our mountaintop and benchland vineyards. The variety of clones (Cabernet Sauvignon 4, 6, 8, 15, 191, 337, 338, 341) and soils gives this wine unique complexity. A small amount of our estate-grown Petit Verdot and Syrah complement the flavor and add extra layers of structure and depth.
Moderate summer and fall temperatures made for a very long ripening season. During this long “hang time” there was no appreciable rainfall, and the flavors were allowed to fully develop.
The grapes were crushed into small open top fermenters. After cold-soaking for three days to extract rich color, the must fermented with native yeast. After fermentation, the wine was gently pressed out, settled, and racked into barrels. 100% malolactic fermentation.
Varietal: 90% Cab Sauvignon, 6% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot
Harvest: Oct 19th to 31st, 2012
Average Brix: 25.6
TA: 0.60 g/100ml
Cooperage/Aging: The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.
Bottling Date: May 22, 2014
Cases Produced: 1,280
Color: Deep ruby
Aromas: Rich aromas of black currant, plum and spice.
Palate: Concentrated flavors of black currant, and dark plum. Rich, long fruit finish.
[Info provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.