Hello friends. I received a pleasant surprise a few weeks ago when a member of Full Pull’s Vast Network of Wine Spies™ told me they’d been offered a parcel of Abeja’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, and had set it all aside for our purposes.
PAUL: You mean 2013, right?
PAUL: Wait, what? Really?
The reason I was confused is that, to my knowledge, the 2013 vintage was sold out, and the 2012 was looooong sold out. But parcels like this seem to occasionally wander their way home, whether it’s via an inventory mishap in a warehouse or some dopey east-coast distributor not paying their bills or refusing an allocation.
It matters not. All that really matters is that one of the most popular Cabernets we’ve ever offered is – against all odds – available one more time:
Originally offered April 24, 2015. Excerpts from the original:
We’ve talked on numerous occasions now about benchmark wines for our list members, and the breathless anticipation for the release of the 2012 vintage. One such wine is Abeja’s Columbia Valley Cab, and I’d been chomping at the bit to try the new vintage. I finally had the chance to taste it during a visit to Walla Walla a few weeks ago, and my already-sky-high expectations were exceeded.
The very most important thing to know about Abeja’s 2012 Columbia Valley Cab is that John Abbott decided not to bottle a Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve in 2012. Was I surprised? Yes I was. Was I delighted? Yes I was, because many of the barrels that were involved in their right-down-to-the-wire, go/no-go decision making process on the Reserve ended up in the Columbia Valley bottling.
And it is a marvel.
Let’s start with vineyard sources: Abeja’s Heather Hill Estate, old-vine Bacchus and Dionysus (often the backbone of the Reserve program), Weinbau, Kiona Heart of the Hill, Ciel du Cheval, Destiny Ridge, Gunselman Bench. That is a pan-Washington all-star Cabernet lineup (note: there is also 14% Merlot, and 1% each Cab Franc and Petit Verdot in the mix).
Elevage was two years in 60% new French oak, 40% one- and two-use French oak. It clocks in at 14.8% listed alc, and it aromatically comes jumping right out of the glass, with soaring cassis, violet, high-cacao chocolate, and wonderful eucalyptus topnotes. A complex, honest, serious Cabernet nose. John Abbott is the king of Cabernet texture, and his skills are on fine display here. The palate is velvety, seamless, luscious, with no apparent holes. Strong on attack, plump in the middle, and toothsome in just the right way on the back end, this is a completely charming wine. I know Abeja’s Cabs age beautifully, but they never seem to survive for very long in my cellar because they’re so damned generous and seductive in their resplendent youth. This is a flagship Washington Cabernet in any vintage. In a vintage like 2012, and with reserve juice in the mix, my thoughts run to two words: go deep.
I’m not sure exactly how much wine we’re looking at here, so go ahead and place requests with no upper limits, and we’ll do our best to fulfill. The wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.