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Antonio Galloni – VINOUS – New Releases From Napa Valley 2012 and 2013 (Dec 2014)

Tony Arcudi makes a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Black Sears Vineyard on Howell Mountain under his own name. These two Cabernets capture a highly appealing middle ground that brings together intensity of fruit and structure. Tony Arcudi is the Associate winemaker at Fantesca by day, but he also makes a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Black Sears Vineyard on Howell Mountain under his own name. The first two vintages are impressive and point to a very bright future.

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Sears Vineyard is every bit as special in bottle as it was from barrel. Graphite, lavender, mocha, smoke, blueberry jam, cassis and sage are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass. Over the last year the tannins have begun to soften, but there is plenty of Howell Mountain energy and tension. The ripe, exotic finish is a thing of beauty, though. 94 Pts

Arcudi’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Sears Vineyard is perhaps a bit more tannic and vibrant than the 2012 tasted alongside it, but the flavor profile is essentially the same. Smoke, black cherries, blueberry jam, cloves, menthol and lavender are all laced into the highly expressive finish. (93-95 Pts)


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