Shadowood Winery Napa Valley Reserve Red Wine 2012
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Shadowood 2012 Napa Valley Reserve Red Wine
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Red Blend
GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Napa Valley
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 15.00%
This is a most compelling wine for the price that is appealing for its taste profile and pedigree. It is from vineyards in three of my favorite AVAs in Napa Valley, which are Oakville, Howell Mountain and St. Helena. This red blend is Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Malbec. This Reserve is a big and generous wine that is approachable now with smooth and rounding tannins that is downright enjoyable. The wine spent 18 months in new and neutral French oak. A purple hue with a big nose and dense taste profile. A bountiful palate of black currants, plum, violets, blackberries, mocha and dark chocolate, with a spice box, and sweet vanilla oak. This big and bold wine from the very beautiful 2012 vintage is drinking quite nice now but will be even more delicious with time or you can watch it evolve in the glass over the course of an evening. It has a nice persistent and pronounced finish. Pair with Ribeye steaks, Loin of lamb, Kobe beef sliders, grilled meats and blackened pork chops.
By Shadowood Winery
Reserve Red Wine 2012
Appellation: Napa Valley
Vineyards: Oakville, High Mountain, St. Helena
Varietals: 94% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec
Total Acidity: 6.48
The nose shows blue and black fruit with a hint of violet. The palate is a balance of dark fruit dominated by blueberry and blackberry with a spicy/sweet oak. Long refined tannins with a long, fruit-driven finish.
[Information 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.