OVID Hexameter

Tasting Note

The 2012 vintage was prosperous and mild. On our little piece of Pritchard Hill, budbreak began in the second week of April – roughly a week early. Long and temperate days meted out the growing season to follow, making it a vintage with a sense of luxury. There was time to study the vineyard, time to consider each small and meaningful farming decision, and time to focus on each section individually to elicit the best fruit, row by row, vine by vine. Harvest was also expansive, lasting more than three weeks, from the third week of September to mid-October.

The elegant 2012 Hexameter combines the captivating Cabernet Franc of this vintage with the velvet and bright red fruits of Cabernet Sauvignon and a dash of silken Merlot. The resulting wine speaks of raspberry, boysenberry, licorice root and cola, while suggesting orange blossom, sage and nutmeg. This Hexameter is at once fresh and lush, with inedible flavor & finesse.

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Vintage Data

  • Appellation:
    Napa Valley
  • Soil Type:
    Hambright soil series
  • Harvest Dates:
    September 21-October 18
  • pH Level:
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  • Aging:
    22 months

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Hexameter is a 175-case blend of [Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot]. It boasts beautiful notes of spring flowers, forest floor, mulberries, boysenberries and blueberries (true mountain cool climate fruits), a deep, savory, concentrated style, velvety tannins, decent acidity and a luscious mouthfeel. This is a beauty to drink over the next 10-15 years.