Brandlin 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mt Veeder Estate

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Brandlin 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mt Veeder Estate
Brandlin 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mt Veeder Estate

Using Statistics to Find a Great Wine

Want to know the secret to find a wine that EVERYONE in the wine trade thinks is amazing? Find a wine that more than three prominent wine critics have reviewed. Hell, a wine that has three reviews will be a blockbuster, even when the reviews are negative.

Why? Because statistics, that’s why. There are over 25,000 wine brands available for sale in the USA.  At best, 1,400 wines get reviewed every year. There is less than one-half of a one percent chance of a wine getting reviewed.

To be reviewed by five prominent wine journals? You have more of a chance of getting elected supreme commander of the universe.  The real reason is easy to understand: who doesn’t want to drink well-known and expensive wines for free?

The Wine Reviews

The winery, which is a project by Cuvaison, has hit the motherlode:

Blue fruits and graphite with succulent palate with no rough edges, and very fine-grained tannins providing structure. Spicy, complex and very long with a currant concentration. Impressive with a great future.


Exhibits a rich, tapered core of dark berry, anise, cedar and loamy earth, with firm yet rounded tannins that support the fruit mix, giving this traction and depth. Drink now through 2028.

Wine Spectator

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Brandlin Estate exhibits a dense purple color, sweet blackberry and cassis fruit, an attractive floral component, impressive purity, and the vintage’s hallmark characteristics of ripe tannin, luxurious texture and medium to full body. Drink it over the next decade.

Wine Advocate

Well balanced and complete on the nose sweet start and spicy with lovely high quality oak in evidence. Very pure and confident. But definitely new Napa. 

 Jancis Robinson

There’s nothing herbaceous about the Brandlin 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, but it does feel like a throwback Cabernet—and that’s a good thing. There are no amped-up, creamy vanilla notes here; instead the wine serves up classic, outdoorsy flavors of bramble, nut, and tangy, just-picked plum. 

Fortune Magazine

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