The Stag Horn - Winter 2012
Wholly Molly what a year!! Unlike the 2011 vintage, Mother Nature was generous in every way throughout the 2012 season. The weather at bud break was gentle and warm beginning in early April with Petite Verdot on April 5th and Cabernet Sauvignon on Easter Sunday. Perfect weather prevailed from May through September ranging between 70-85 degrees. We always get a couple of bumps with triple digits in the summer BUT this year …very little. !! Our 2012 growing season and harvest can best be summed up in a single word SPECTACULAR!!! !!
We harvested about a week earlier than most years. The harvest was abundant following two years of very modest crops. The fruit, oh my gosh, is simply gorgeous, rich, plump and juicy, with complex character and concentrated flavors. We are just “barreling down” to begin the gentle introduction of oak aging.
The first taste as the 2012 Silver Stag goes into barrel is: SPECTACULAR!!
So special is this vintage that we plan to make a small lot [100-150 cases] of our first “Coombsville Reserve” Silver Stag Cabernet Sauvignon; release early 2015. We’ll keep you updated with its progress.
We will send you another update when everything has quieted down a bit and we have moved this vintage to barrel.
With warmest wishes,
Harry and Ellen Parsley