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2012 IL BARONE, Cabernet 6 Liter

2012 IL BARONE, Cabernet 6 Liter

Il Barone is the signature Castello di Amorosa Cabernet Sauvignon that is meant for long term aging. The 2012 is dark, powerful, and intense. An earthy yet vibrant wine, with blackberry and red fruit notes mingling with cinnamon, cloves, and licorice. Sumptuous, with layers of complexity that will continue to evolve. Il Barone is an exceptional example of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon blended from remarkable vineyards in a phenomenal vintage.

*93 Points - Robert Parker*
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Wine Specs
96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
October 12-21, 2012
6.0 g/L
20 months in 60 gallon Nevers, Allier, and Tronçais French oak barrels
Bottling Date
July 8, 2014
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Robert Parker
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Il Barone is intense in character, with the subtleties of this very special wine slowly released in layers of texture and aromas. The French barrel aging contributes the vanilla and cinnamon aromatic background, along with pronounced toasted notes. The dark fruit of the Il Barone is evocative of berries and currants. Fine grained tannins with a long finish. Full bodied, polished, and age-worthy.
♦ 93 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate - "A selection of the estate’s finest lots, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone’s texture and richness are outstanding. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by abundant notes of blackcurrants, licorice, graphite and a hint of new saddle leather. Full-bodied with soft tannins as well as a long, authoritative style, it can be drunk over the next 10+ years." ♦ 92 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media - "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone is dark, powerful and intense. Red/black fruits, tobacco, smoke, licorice and earthiness are some of the notes that meld together in a compact, energetic wine long on class. The Barone offers plenty of fruit intensity, but the tannins need time to soften. Today, there is very little of the vintage's early appeal on display. Drink 2017 – 2027" ♦ 90 Points - James Suckling - "A chewy red with ripe fruit and tannins. Lots of wood tannins and dried fruit character too. Full and flavorful. A little jammy but outstanding. Drink or hold." ♦ 90 Points - Wine & Spirits Magazine - "Cabernet sauvignon blended with four percent merlot, this is a purple-fruited wine with strong tannins. Air takes those tannins toward a velvet texture, bringing out a black mushroom savor against the sweet fruit. Give this several years in the cellar, or hours in a decanter, before serving with roast lamb."
♦ Double Gold Medal - 2015 American Fine Wine Competition
Vineyard Notes
Il Barone is a blend of the Castello's top high-end Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards from the best growing regions of Napa Valley. The majority of the fruit comes from the Rutherford AVA, a region famed for producing beautifully structured and complex Cabernet Sauvignon.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with foods as bold as the wine, such as roast game meats, grass-fed steak, or grilled portabello mushrooms with reduced balsamic vinegar glaze.

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