Wine Advocate #215
Friday, October 31st, 2014
2012 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill Estate / 96 points
From a first-growth site, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake (essentially their Reserve offering) is made from a blend of the finest lots. This wine may turn out to be one of their all-time greats. A sensational Cabernet, it boasts an opaque purple color, plenty of the mountain blueberry and wild flower aromas, rich blackberry, blueberry and cassis fruit, terrific acidity for this degree of ripeness and power, and an amazingly textured, long mouthfeel. The finish lasts for 40+ seconds. This exquisite, brilliant Napa Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates what exceptional elegance can be achieved allied to formidable richness and power. While I could drink it now, most observers will enjoy it after a few years of cellaring. It should provide plenty of pleasure over the next two decades. Reviewer: Robert Parker.
2012 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District / 92 points
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a deep ruby/purple color in addition to classic notes of crème de cassis, blueberries and a hint of that mountain wildflower character that is a part of the Spring Mountain District appellation. Sweet tannins, beautiful ripeness, and a long, textured mouthfeel are found in this beauty. It is one of the finest wines the Barnetts have made since this winery was founded in 1983. Reviewer: Robert Parker.
2012 Barnett Vineyards Merlot Spring Mountain / 90 points
Proprietors Fiona and Hal Barnett have fashioned a juicy, fruit-driven 2012 Merlot exhibiting a dense ruby color, plenty of mocha and berry fruit, sweet tannin, and more minerality and structure than one normally sees in Merlot (due to its mountain home). There is a stealth-like richness to this wine. The longer you hold it on the palate, the more depth and richness it reveals - always a very good sign. This beauty can be drunk now, although it will be even better in 12-24 months. It should last for 10-12 years. Reviewer: Robert Parker.
2012 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Cyrus Ryan / 90 points
In top vintages, the winery produces two single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cyrus Ryan Vineyard comes from a tiny 2-acre vineyard on the Napa Valley floor, on the eastern side of the valley off the Silverado Trail. It displays lots of classic cassis, loamy soil, licorice and spice notes, a projected, open-knit set of aromatics, good flesh, acidity and freshness, and a long, full-bodied mouthfeel. This beauty is their most limited production cuvée. More open-knit and broader, it will undoubtedly be quicker to evolve than Barnett's mountain Cabernets. Reviewer: Robert Parker.