This wine has rich aromas of dark cherry, anise, dark cocoa and toasted spices. Juicy flavor notes of black cherry, juicy plum, savory spices are highlighted by a concentrated mouthfeel and a rich, lengthy finish.
Wine Spectator 93 points - The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley Reserve is laced with crushed rocks, graphite, jammy dark fruit, smoke and spices. Bold, rich and intense, the Reserve offers quite a bit more ripeness and structure than the straight bottling, but also comes across as a bit forced and overly extracted. I prefer the regular Knights Valley Cabernet in 2012.
Wine Advocate 90 points - Delicate aromas of crushed dark berry, wilted rose, cedar and graphite fold over to the palate, where they are trim and structured. The firm acidity and tannins are complemented by a hint of fresh-crushed rock. Best from 2016 through 2028. 6,309 cases made.-JL
Even better than the regular Knights Valley cuvee is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from Knight’s Valley. It reveals more fudge, toast, licorice, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, impressive purity as well as a long finish. This is top-notch stuff that should drink well for 10-12 years.
No. 46 on Wine Spectator Top 100