When we tasted the new 2012 WORTHY SOPHIA’S CUVEE CABERNET SAUVIGNON, we were ecstatic that it had returned to versions of its prior, extremely popular self. The layers of complexity and fruit density is hard to find in an under $30 Cabernet Sauvignon.
2012 SOPHIA’S CUVEE
Bursting onto the scene in 2001, and in their very first vintage they ranked #42 on the Wine Spectator Top 100, Worthy had everybody re-evaluating Cabernet Sauvignon at this affordable price.
As the second label for Axios, a cult producer whose Cabernets range $135-$150 per bottle, Worthy delivers a remarkably high level of quality, without the high price tag that often comes with it.
Authored by legendary winemaker Bob Egelhoff, whose unique experience includes holding positions at such notable wineries as Pahlmeyer, Harlan, Chappellet, Merryvale and David Arthur, Worthy represents everything you could possibly desire in a quality Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Kept for 20 months in oak, this wine reaped the rewards from over 3 years development inside the bottle, furnishing the wine’s intense bouquet and velvety texture.
The 2012 is dense, full-bodied and round, just like we’ve come to expect from Worthy. On the palate, soft and abundant layers of blackberry liqueur-like fruit, sweet mulberries, tobacco leaf, plum and dark chocolate charm your taste buds.
At $27.99/btl this is clearly a terrific value in Napa Valley Cabernet.
Winery Notes: “The 2012 Worthy Sophia’s Cuvee is rich garnet in color. Brilliant notes of red and black berries leap from the glass with a hint pencil lead. Smooth, sweet tannins frame the unctuous mouthfeel, dazzling with a balance of rich complexity and fresh acidity. Blackberry flavors intermingled with ripe cherry dance in the mouth, while layers of dark chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, cassis, earthy minerality, a touch of sweet spice and the suggestion of cedar linger through an endless finish.” 92 Points – Gold – Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition
86% Cabernet Sauvignon | 9% Cabernet Franc | 5% Petit Verdot
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