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Vinous Media December 2014
Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

2012 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill Estate / 94 points

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill is the darkest and most powerful of these wines. Smoke, licorice, menthol and new leather wrap around a core of fleshy, supple fruit, all supported by firm yet nicely balanced tannins. Blackberry jam, mint, tar, violets and cloves add an element of gravitas as the wine opens up in the glass. The Rattlesnake will drink well early, but it also has more than enough depth to age gracefully for a number of years. Reviewer: Antonio Galloni.

2012 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Cyrus Ryan / 92 points

A dark, fleshy wine, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cyrus Ryan Vineyard is a real beauty. All the elements fall into place gracefully as the 2012 shows off its class. The flavors are bold, racy and expressive, yet the 2012 retains a mid-weight sense of structure that balances some of the wine's more overt leanings. Drink this dark, fleshy Cabernet Sauvignon over the next 10-15 years. Reviewer: Antonio Galloni.

 2012 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District / 91 points

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is quite pretty and expressive. Dark red stone fruits, flowers, mint, spices and new leather are all laced together in this soft, perfumed Cabernet Sauvignon. The mid-weight style suggests the 2012 is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. Mint, pine and wild flowers add lift on the finish. Reviewer: Antonio Galloni.


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.

Wine Spectator
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

2010 Barnett Vineyards Merlot Spring Mountain 

Rating: 92

$55 | 355 cases made | Red

Deftly combines a dense complexity with a supple texture. Aro­mas of red currant, mocha and fresh earth lead to layered flavors of black cherry, lead pencil and mineral. The tannins are firm on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2020.—T.F.