Robert Parker 95-99
The 2012 La Joie, 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, comes primarily from the Jackson-owned Alexander Valley Mountain estate as well as higher elevation vineyards in Knights Valley. At 14.3% alcohol, it is the most powerful wine in this portfolio, revealing a masculine, muscular style with an inky/purple color and a big, sweet nose of licorice, unsmoked cigar tobacco, forest floor, blackberry, creme de cassis and toasty oak. This full-bodied, powerful effort is more structured and broodingly foreboding than La Muse. Forget it for 5-6 years and drink it over the following three decades.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2048
Dark cherries, smoke, graphite, licorice, menthol and plums are some of the notes that open up in the 2012 La Joie. Here the flavors are bold, intense and incisive, with notable freshness and intensity. Give this large-scaled Cabernet Sauvignon-based red another few years in bottle. The finish alone is striking.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028