2012 Goldschmidt Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Game Ranch Oakville

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Appellation: Oakville AVA

Vineyard: Game Ranch

Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauv

Trellis: Vertical

Clones: 4, 337

Rootstocks: 101-14, 110R

Vine Age: 13-22 years

Harvest Date: Oct 26, 2012

Yield: 3.2 tons per acre

Fermentation: 100% Native Yeast

TA: 6.2 g/Liter

pH: 3.67

Alcohol: 14.2%

Filtering: Unfined & Unfiltered

Aging: 31 months, Allier Oak,

Demptos Tight Grain, 85% New

Cellaring Potential: 15+ years

Cases Made: 1647 six-packs


Many of Napa’s most-respected, highest-scoring, and most-collectible Cabernet Sauvignon wines come from Oakville. The marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon with the soil and climate of Oakville produces wines with tremendous depth and complexity. Some emphasize subtlety over power and others structure over fruit. There's not really one style of Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, because the terrain varies so much. Rocky, red volcanic soils dominate in the east and receive full afternoon sun, the valley floor tends to have deeper, heavier soils, and on the west side long and broad alluvial fans get shaded by the mountains late in the day. One aspect that all the wines share, however, is an appealing acidity and freshness caused by the fog off the bay. Even the richest, most opulent Oakville wines show this trait.


Nick Goldschmidt makes his Oakville Game Ranch in a very approachable, elegant style. Sourced from the eastern-end of Oakville Cross Rd, the soils here transition from volcanic red clay to brown, gravelly loam. They offer exceptionally good drainage which controls vigor, produce smaller berries and ultimately wines with deeper concentration. Soil water-holding capacity is sufficient enough to prevent dehydration thus protecting the critical fruit flavor to alcohol balance. Goldschmidt Game Ranch shows early drinkability, ripe fruit and tannins, and savory minerality.

Vintage Notes: “The long, mild growing season allowed for a long hang time with even ripening and outstanding flavor development and tannin maturity. I’ve been farming this ranch since 1998 and this is an exceptional vintage.”


Tasting Notes

“This vintage shows dark ruby red color; ripe berry, cassis, and black pepper aromas. On the palate a smooth entry is followed by black cherry, blueberry, and spice. Fine, supple tannins carry all the way through the finish. Notes of chocolate, flint and graphite linger. – Nick G.

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