Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012. Metamorphosis

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012. Metamorphosis

Item #: C1118R1DC
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Medium Ruby
Nose: Cassis, Cranberry
Palate: Rich Berry, Leather
Finish: Lush Cherry
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Red Meat/14.02 % Alcohol by Volume

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I'm not quite sure how they picked this name for their wine. Metamorphosis literally means something (like a plant, insect or even a person) being one thing and then turning into something completely different. I guess you could say that about a grape which is turned into wine. Any explanation would be appreciated.

There is no question, however, about winemaker Chris Cameron's ability to take great grapes and turn them into great wine. He's been doing that for over 30 years in different vineyards on different continents and hasn't skipped a beat.

Like most great winemakers, Chris's view is to be prepared for what Mother Nature throws at you and deal with it accordingly. When your new at it, you're not quite sure what do. But as your experience increases, so does your ability to recognize potential problems before they get out of hand. It also helps to have a really good memory.

There is no doubt that Chris has turned these Cabernet Sauvignon grapes into great Cabernet Sauvignon wine. When we think of this classic grape, words like cassis, cherry, earth, licorice and leather, but they're not usually presented in one wine as they are here.

The charming berry and earthy nose signal the similar tastes to follow. They are expanded in scope with swashes of cranberry and earth all held in check by the complex, soft tannins.