Wine Advocate 87 points - A heady oak nose with milk chocolate and coffee bean aromas. Stemmy character and fine, soft tannins in the mouth, along with jammy blackcurrant fruit and cafe au lait flavors. Sweet tannins persist on the long finish.
Much better than the Merlot, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 65% Sonoma and 35% Napa blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 2% Petite Sirah and the rest Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel. It’s not a big wine at 13.9% alcohol, but there’s a lot of it (92,000 cases). Aged in mostly neutral French oak, the wine has a dark ruby color, nice straight forward red and black currant notes, hints of coffee bean, forest floor and underbrush. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. It’s meant for immediate consumption.
Our Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon has ripe fruit flavors from its Napa Valley Cabernet grapes that give the wine a free-spirited, yet elegant character. Cabernet grapes from Sonoma County add juicy red and black fruit flavors along with a disciplined structural foundation. The blend of these two regions creates aromas of dark fruit jam, sweet nuts and black pepper that meld with dark berry fruit flavors. The palate is dense and chewy without being overly astringent.
At the heart of every glass of Ghost Pines is the notion that world-class wines are made from quality grapes – grapes that span many appellations. An unconventional view against today’s backdrop of single-appellation wines, the Ghost Pines philosophy is a modern take on visionary winemaker Louis M. Martini’s approach to winemaking. In the 1930s, Martini didn’t think about appellation boundaries. He simply sought the best grapes from the best vineyards to craft his unforgettable wines, long before American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) were established in California.
Seventy-five years later, Napa’s historic Louis M. Martini Winery launched Ghost Pines to give Michael Eddy and a talented group of forward-thinking winemakers the freedom to blend the finest grapes across appellations. The result is a collection of sophisticated wines that illustrate the best characteristics of each varietal and region, balancing elegance with structure, intensity with nuance.
Echoing the unharnessed, free-form character of its namesake tree, Ghost Pines embodies the progressive spirit of California winemaking: no boundaries, no limits.
The wines of Ghost Pines draw a veritable map of some of California’s most renowned wine appellations. Vintner Michael Eddy and his team of progressive winemakers search for the best grapes in Napa, Sonoma, Monterey and San Joaquin counties to make a remarkable collection of multi-appellation blends. Each glass of Ghost Pines wine illustrates the diverse topography, soil and climate of California’s most notable winegrowing regions.
The art and science of winemaking at Ghost Pines begins in the vineyard. That vineyard spans counties and appellations, meandering across hills and valleys, blooming under sun-drenched skies and rolling fog. Our winemakers vary in climate, soil, elevation and proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Our wines bring to life the unique characteristics of each appellation.