This is our fourth vintage working with Panek Vineyard, and dare we say, we've stepped up our game on this one. This fruit has a unique sense of place that sets it apart from the rest of our portfolio. Fragrant just-ripe blackberry and cassis are given strength and depth by the slate-driven structure and refreshing acidity that is characteristic of this western St. Helena site. After tasting this exquisite balance of flavors in our first few vintages, we knew Panek fruit had the ability to make something truly mind-blowing, and in 2012 it happened!
This year's Panek Cab simply explodes with clove spice and espresso notes, accentuated by milk-chocolatey smooth tannins, giving the palate tremendous richness and staying power. The bold finish tails off with showy hints of black cherry and scorched earth. All the normal attributes of Panek have been ratcheted up a few notches, but the wine retains the every bit of elegance you'd expect from this bottling - one that promises a long and beautiful evolution in the cellar.
Wine SpectatorA charming, graceful style, with rich, supple flavors of plum, black cherry, raspberry, licorice and wild berry, turning toward smooth, fine-grained tannins and a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2027. 161 cases made.