A row of barrels in the Relic cave.

2012 Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon

We are proud to finally introduce the 2012 Artefact – our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon from the stellar 2012 vintage. The foundation of this wine is a special block at Kenefick Ranch adjacent to a very famous vineyard on Pickett Road in Calistoga. The soils here are deep, rocky and very well-drained, allowing the vines respite from the occasional heat, and accommodating hang-time to achieve perfect ripeness in the grapes. Kenefick is enhanced by an equally great site, Corona Vineyard, located above Oakville. Corona brings mountain structure and minerality to complement Kenefick’s lush, layered personality. Aromas of blackberry, sweet oak spice, slate, hot rocks and sage blossom on the palate into full-blown, deep, resonating flavors. The tannins are abundant, but create gorgeous structure and shape, leading to a rich, long finish.

  • 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot
  • 75% Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga
  • 23% Corona Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville
  • 2% Petit Verdot from Stagecoach Vineyard
  • Aged in 100% new French Oak for 21 months
  • Unfined & unfiltered
  • 343 cases made from 14 barrels

An outstanding wine is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Artefact, which comes primarily from the Kenefick Ranch in Northern Napa. Dense blueberry and blackberry fruit mixed with camphor, charcoal embers and spice box are all present in this long, deep, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that is supple enough to be drunk now, or cellared for 10 or 15 years.
Robert Parker
The Wine Advocate #215
October 2014