Cassini Cellars 2012 Maximus - 92pts

Cassini Cellars 2012 Maximus (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC 

Availability: Direct from winery here 
Cost: $34 (including taxes)
Alcohol: 14.2%
Date Tasted: October 7th, 2015

Tasting Notes: Cassini Cellars' Maximus is always good, year-to-year (see 2007, 2008, 2010). Occasionally, however, when vintage conditions are 'ripe', as it were, the Maximus over-achieves and becomes truly exceptional (see 2009). The 2012 is another such vintage.

A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, opening with a seductive nose of black licorice, cassis liqueur, blackberry jam, toasted oak, tobacco leaf, peppercorn and vanilla aromas. The full-bodied and full-flavoured palate follows with similar flavours and silky-smooth tannins, finishing very long with well-balanced, lip-smacking acidity and lingering cassis liqueur, sweet oak and spice notes.

Has the components and pedigree to last many years in the cellar with some evolution of flavours expected. Yet, the wine is absolutely ready to go today with careful decanting. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2015

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