James Suckling 91
"A juicy and savory red with blackberry and hints of toasted oak, but not overdone. Full, soft and chewy. Drink in 2016."-JS
The color of the 2012 is as fresh and bright as the day it was put to barrel. Fresh blackberry syrup, fresh ground black pepper and fresh thyme dominate the aroma. The mouth is densely flavored, plush, and succulent. The wine is as immediately appealing as the 2009 was but has the structure to outlive it by years. The morning after having drunk it recently at home, my glass was stained dark purple and the aromas still lingered."-Winemaker's Notes
"In 1992, culinary entrepreneur Pat Kuleto assembled five parcels from cattle ranchers to create a 761-acre ranch of wild hillside land on the eastern edge of the Napa Valley, overlooking Lake Hennessey, Pritchard Hill and the towns of Rutherford and St. Helena.
Plantings included cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese, pinot noir, chardonnay, syrah, zinfandel and muscat, planted at elevations ranging from 800 to 1450 feet. Construction of the state-of-the-art Kuleto-designed winery was finished in 2001, completing the vineyard estate that had grown to include extensive orchards, gardens, and a working ranch with sheep, fowl, cattle and fish from the property’s Lake Brunello.
Winemaker Dave Lattin and vineyard manager Alberto Ochoa individually cultivate and craft the small vineyard blocks at every stage of their development, focusing on lots as small as half a ton. Kuleto Estate is crafting excellent wines of character and distinction that reflect the remarkable attributes of their unique terroir."-Winery Notes
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