Ferrari-Carano Prevail Back Forty Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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Grown at 1,100-foot elevation, PreVail Back Forty 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has a delicious array of intense aromas and flavors including ripe plum, spice, cassis, deep blackberry, mocha and toasty oak. This full-bodied, juicy and viscous wine has excellent length and a lingering finish of smooth, mouth-coating tannins.
Food Pairing: Back Forty pairs well with roasted, broiled or barbequed red meats such as lamb, beef, pork or veal. Medium and strong-flavored semi-soft, semi-hard, aged or creamy cheeses work well, or pair Back Forty with a dark chocolate dessert for a special treat.
I also tasted the Prevail Back Forty and West Face 2012 Cabernets. I remember seeing these wines when Philippe Melka was overseeing their debut. They all come from Ferrari-Caraon's Lookout Mountain Ranch and are composed of different blends.
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Prevail Back Forty is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown at an elevation of 1,200 feet. This seriously-endowed effort boasts copious quantities of crème de cassis, graphite, chocolate and a touch of barriques. Full-bodied, tannic and more backward than the 2012 West Face, this serious mountain-styled Cabernet Sauvignon should be forgotten for 3-4 years, and drunk over the following two decades.
Score: 92+, Robert Parker, December 2014
Tightly wound yet richly flavored, with generous blackberry, anise, cedar, crushed rock and black licorice notes that are expansive and lingering. The chewy tannins are ripe and gripping. Best from 2017 through 2030. 650 cases made.
Score: 92, James Laube, December 31, 2015
Smoky cigar and toffee caramel hit the high notes in this soft, thick and rich reserve-level wine, sure to please fans of a full-bodied, generously layered style. Blackberry and blueberry jam provide the fruit to match the savory elements.
Score: 91, Virginie Boone, February 1, 2016
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