If you Love 2012 Napa Valley Vintage as much as I do, and enjoy your wines Ready-to-Drink now — this is for you!  Steve Heimoff, former editor for Wine Spectator & Wine Enthusiast, called it “Glorious and sophisticated” and scored it 97 Points.

Revival is a project by Napa natives Sean & Lindsay Garvey. Sean is the Vineyard Manager at Flora Springs, and Lindsay grew up at her family’s Buehler Vineyards.  The wine was thoughtfully crafted by Enrico Bertoz, who worked harvests at Sine Qua Non and Joseph Phelps, where he soaked in every bit of  knowledge that he could, before becoming the assistant winemaker at Flora Springs.

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was founded from the Kairos Vineyard, which is located South of Stags Leap, and tucked in-between the Oak Knoll and Coombsville, in a cooler part of Napa Valley.  Fans of Chimney RockCornerstone, and Judd’s Hill  likely recognize this site as being spectacular.

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Wine Critic Steve Heimoff Tasting Notes: “Flavor is easy to achieve in Napa Valley Cabernet. Just let the grapes hang long enough, and you’ve got an explosion of black currants, cassis, blackberry jam, dark chocolate, black licorice. The trick is to achieve balance. This wine has, expertly. It’s 100% Cab, grown south of Stags Leap…The wine shows beautifully balanced acidity, and the sturdy, firm tannins of Cabernet, but those tannins are melted and ripe and sweet and utterly delicious. The wine was aged in 100% new French oak, which would swamp many Cabernets, but not this one. It’s big enough to stand up to that wood, which brings added layers of richness: vanilla bean, buttered cinnamon toast, sweet wood smoke. With alcohol of 14.8%, it’s certainly made in a riper style, yet there’s a touch of green olive that brings a salty, umami savoriness. The finish is very long, rich in exotic spices and a reprise of blackberries, but dry and elegant. What a great wine. Glorious and sophisticated. I can’t think of any reason not to drink it now, it’s so good, but it should have a grand future over the next six years.” STEVE HEIMOFF 97 POINTS

Ed’s Notes: “Our tasting panel samples around 80 wines per week, always in search for the perfect expression of the grape. We are very quiet and focused when tasting, and we don’t share notes until after the session… Lead by a Master Sommelier, I’m learning more everyday. This is my Passion, and I love Wine sharing with you! Even so, we are always utterly delighted to discover a perfectly ready-to-drink Napa Cab from a blockbuster year.” Ed Stephanick ~ your wine broker