Blend: 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot
Aging: Aged for 20 months in French Oak barrels, 50% new
After two challenging growing seasons, 2012 came like a gift from above. Very little rain, mild to warm temperatures, and a long, temperate Indian summer, made for fully developed fruit with plenty of density and a muscular—yet streamlined—build. The resulting wines are soft, rich, and seamless, with each of our four varieties singing in perfect harmony.
The 2012 Mad Hatter is youthful, forward, and expressive. The wine is ebullient with pure, uninhibited fruit aromas—black cherry, plum, strawberry—as well as baking spices and kirsch, which add a lift and exciting fragrance. On the palate, there is a roundness and polish that make the wine accessible and wholly enjoyable immediately, even without decanting. There is certainly enough density and structure for the wine to age for ten or more years; however, there is significant enjoyment to be had right away.