Acclaimed for its “perfect” growing season, the 2012 vintage will be remembered for its abundance of high-quality fruit. The season began with exceptional weather conditions that brought virtually no harm to the grapes and saw near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering and even fruit set. Long, mild days and cool, often foggy nights continued well into the summer, which allowed for the preservation of fruit aromatics and freshness. Rich and intriguing, this classic Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon opens with stunning aromas of red plum, black currant, cocoa and coffee. The dense palate showcases layers of ripe dark cherry, rich plum and cedar that continue to linger. Though satisfyingly evolved in its youth, this Cabernet has an immensely long finish and supple tannins telling of its graceful aging potential.
92 points: "St Clement's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Paras Vineyard is quite gentle and soft for a Mt. Veeder Cabernet. Red cherry, plum, spice and savory notes are all given a kick of saline-infused mountain brightness, but overall, the Paras is quite gentle and should drink well earlier than most Mt. Veeder Cabernets in this vintage." Antonio Galloni, December 2014.