We received a bottle of the 2012 Fisher Vineyards, Sonoma, Mountain Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon on Friday. Friend and client Steve Lemay joined us for the uncorking. The nose is immediately beautiful with berry, lavender and pine. Upon first sip we primarily experienced a very racy, highly structured tannin layer. After 10 minutes the tannins began to integrate while the fruit became more pronounced. We tasted the Fisher over the next hour. The Cab showed better and better until finally we arrived at the point of WOW. After an hour the flavor profile becomes rich in plum and cassis laced with brambly blackberry flavors. The finish reveals some cherry and raspberry components . This is mountain fruit which when tended properly , becomes vibrant. That aspect is obvious in the Fisher and in fact the backbone of this wine is its composition of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon grown at 1,400 feet facing west, directly ABOVE the fabled Fisher Wedding Vineyard ($150.00). This wine is very Bordeaux like in its ambiance. It reminds me of Pichon Lalande in a lot of ways. Pine and forest with hints of enticing flowers and soil run from mid palate to the finish , lacing and compliment the Fishers complex array of berry flavors. (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Verdot) 48 hours later! Yesterday evening Len Musgrove, friend and author of "The Wine Bargain Sleuth" dropped by for a cocktail. I was going over my notes for this offer and noticed that there was a quarter of a bottle of the Fisher Mountain left, which we had not finished on Friday (not pumped off). I poured some just to see.....? Then I poured some for Len and asked him what he though. He thought it fresh and expressive, obviously "serious Cab" . I agreed , the Fisher was showing incredibly with the cherry and raspberry now predominant in flavor profile. Then I told Len that it had been open 48 hours. He believed me but he had though it freshly opened. I would have thought the same. The Fisher will cellar for 20 years easily.
93 point Antonio Galloni, review below. $79.95 per 48 bottles available, This matches the lowest price we could find in the country, average is $88.00 All of the very best, Rex and Michele
Game, smoke, tobacco, leather and incense take shape in the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Estate Vineyard. A deep, dense wine, the 2012 possesses considerable mid-palate depth and concentration. Pine, mint, lavender and cedar inform the firm, super-expressive finish. (Dec 2014) 93 Points - Antonio Galloni