Hidden Ridge Impassable Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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Robert Parker reports: 'I was greatly impressed with the Hidden Ridge offerings last year, and once again their current and upcoming releases merit interest. The winemaker is Timothy Milos, and the wines come from steep slopes on the west side of Spring Mountain. The elevations range between 900 and 1,700 feet. This terroir is on the Mayacamas Mountain at the Napa/Sonoma county line. There are 21 blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon planted at elevations ranging from 1,200 to 1,700 feet. As one can see from the wine names, this is somewhat like the exercise Schrader does with the different clonal material for the Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard. Here, the winemaker is doing it with degrees of slope.'
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Impassable Mountain Reserve (the name refers to 19th century surveyors who were trying to lay a stagecoach line through these steep slopes) can easily compete with the finest of Napa. Aromas of pen ink, graphite, black plums, cassis and primordial foresty notes are followed by a full-bodied, opulent, multilayered, skyscraper-like, stunning Cabernet Sauvignon. It can be drunk now for its exuberance and sweet tannins, but it promises to evolve for two decades. This beauty is another great effort from a winery that remains under-the-radar for most consumers.
Wine SpectatorAn open-throttle Cabernet, firm, dense, rich and tannic, with a solid core of dark berry, cedar, dusty earth and black licorice. Ends with a burst of fruit and tannins. Drink now through 2027. 400 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastThis robustly generous wine is impactful in chocolate and sweet, soft plum. A complexity of cedar, herb and blackberry marks the palate, with integrated tannins and oak. The complementary elements provide intrigue and flavor in a heavyweight package, ready for cellaring through 2022.