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2012 Alpha Omega Era

ITEM 8311580 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
bid4wine 3 $175 $525
3 $175
Item Sold Amount Date
I8311580 3 $175 Jul 10, 2022
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RATINGS

98Robert M. Parker Jr.

Flirts with perfection. Its inky/purple color is followed by notes of incense, camphor, melted licorice, blackberry and cassis fruit. Super-concentrated with no hard edges, this is a seamless, complex, compelling... wine

93+ Vinous / IWC

A dark, fleshy, sumptuous Cabernet, the 2012 ERA builds through the mid-palate and finish, showing gorgeous depth and resonance. Dark red and black fruit, smoke, incense, tobacco and iron add the final layers of complexity

91Wine Spectator

An exuberant expression, featuring rich, juicy, extracted, structured dark berry, cedar and dusty, gravelly earth flavors, marked by hints of black licorice and dried herb that emerge on the chewy, tannic finish

PRODUCER

Alpha Omega

Alpha Omega in Rutherford was founded by Robin Baggett and Eric Sklar, who both have wine industry backgrounds. The winemaker is Jean Hoefliger and French wine consultant Michel Rolland is also part of the winemaking team. The estate makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Henrik Poulsen is winemaker. Consulting winemakers are Jean Hoefliger and Michel Rolland. Robert Parker has written that the winery “continues to turn out impressive wines that merit attention from consumers.”

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,