2012 Amici Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon


James Suckling

“Blueberry, lilac, violet”

Vineyard Notes

Morisoli Vineyard consists of 53 contiguous acres on the famed Rutherford Bench in the Napa Valley. Gary Morisoli is the fourth generation of his family to grow grapes on this historic property, which has been family-farmed for over 100 years. Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, the fruit from this vineyard is some of the most sought after in the Napa Valley. Surrounded by Staglin Family Vineyard, Scarecrow, Joseph Phelps Vineyards and Inglenook, Morisoli Vineyard fruit exhibits classic “Rutherford Dust” qualities and rich Cabernet Sauvignon character.

Winemaking Notes

This 2012 Amici Cellars Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that is at once complex and muscular, while elegant and beautifully balanced. With its flavors of dark fruits, dusty cocoa and hints of minerality, the wine fully expresses the distinctive characteristics and terroir of the celebrated Morisoli Vineyard.

Dense ruby-purple in color, this full-bodied wine opens with aromas of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg leading to rich and complex flavors of black currant, blackberry, plum and cocoa powder. Framed by firm but refined tannins, it opens beautifully after an hour in a decanter revealing a soft, velvety structure. It is a wine that displays the power and elegance so characteristic of this vineyard.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford, Napa Valley
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentatin & Aging
Barrel aged 20 months in 80% new French oak barrels

A Single Vineyard Wine

Vineyard Details


93 points

James Suckling

“I like the blueberry, lilac, violet and nut aromas to this. Full-bodied, tight and reserved with fine tannins and a silky finish. Very delicious. Better in 2019.”

92 points

Wine Enthusiast

“A whiff of yeasty baked bread opens the bouquet of this 100% varietal wine that’s plenty juicy and drinkable right now. Plum surrounds integrated tannins and a powerful midpalate, suggesting an ability to age. The finish is all about mocha. Cellar through 2022.”


Wine Advocate

“Amici produces three single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. From Rutherford, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard possesses attractive notes of blueberries, raspberries and loamy soil, a striking elegance (very Margaux-like), a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and impressive purity as well as texture. There are only 240 cases of this beauty. It should drink well for 10-15 years.”