JB Neufeld Old Goat
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Yakima Valley, Washington
Behind every wine is a winemaker, and behind every winemaker is a vision. Meet Justin Neufeld. A burgeoning and busy career as the current winemaker for Gilbert Cellars (Yakima, WA) didn’t stop Justin from realizing his dream of starting his own label: JB Neufeld. Enamored by the distinctive terroir of Washington, Neufeld uses the label as a platform to explore the nuanced combination of fruit, soil and climate that make Washington vineyards so unique.
Justin personally stopped in a couple weeks back and introduce himself and his wines. We have tasted and enjoyed his main project from Gilbert Cellars, but this visit was all about his personal project. I was totally impressed with him. I love that he is focusing on just one thing; Cabernet Sauvignon. Today many wine makers are making too many wines. Not here. All cab done extremely well at the highest level. I like the entire line-up, but this one took best in show for me. The thing that amazed me most was that the new barrel aging doesn't take center stage. The wine was aged 31 months. Yes, that's almost 3 years, in new oak barrels. That just speaks to the power of the Cab fruit that was used.
64% Artz Vineyard
24% Two Blondes Vineyard
12% Dubrul Vineyard
Only 96 cases produced. $56.99
" the late release 2012 Old Goat is a fabulous 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 31 months in 100% new French oak. Justin commented that all of the barrels had a lighter toast, as he feels it preserves more of the fruit in the wine. This 2012 is a full-bodied, concentrated and balanced Cabernet Sauvignon that has perfumed, lifted notes of plums, violets, and mint, with that kiss of volatile acidity that’s common in Washington. Nevertheless, it has beautiful purity of fruit, no hard edges on the palate and a great finish. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following decade."
"91 points" The Wine Advocate #225 6/2016.
Old Goat was Justin's nick name growing up. Not quite sure, should have asked.