Known for its artistry and terroir, the Napa Valley is synonymous with quality. Where vintners such as 12c Wines, showcase the region’s most renowned fruit and produce a wine that is composed of explosive aromatics, depth, ingenuity, and complexity.
In a profession where mother nature provides the canvas and talent unveils the elite, 12c Wines has made their mark. A collaboration composed of passion, talent and friendship unveil the story behind their success. Vintners John and Joyce Raudabaugh paired with Winemaker, Mike Smith to produce exquisite wines that represent the true character of the region.
Pronounced “TWELVE C”, the unique and memorable name represents the optimum storage temperature for wine, Twelve (12) degrees Centigrade or Fifty-five (55) degrees Fahrenheit. With accolades from esteemed wine critics such as the Robert Parker Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator, 12 c ‘s limited production Wines embody the heart and soul of the Napa Valley in producing world- class Cabernet Sauvignon.
With a focus on quality, 12c Wines produces two labels, 12c Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III
Cabernet Sauvignon and 12c Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon G3 for a total
of 225 cases. Sourcing fruit from the renowned Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III in Rutherford,
Napa Valley, California, both wines illustrate Mike Smith’s “purist” philosophy and showcase dark red fruit, vibrant aromatics and elegant tannins.
“Mike’s talents set the tone for a good quality product,” said John Raudabaugh. “Both wines are
full bodied, with beautiful aromatics. Though similar flavor profiles, the G3 is velvety and has a
little more finesse.”
Known for producing elegant and expressive wines, Winemaker, Mike Smith’s dedication is showcased in his work. From vine to bottle, Smith’s experience and expertise allow him to intimately connected with each vintage. As a self- taught Winemaker, Smith has spent years perfecting his craft. Working alongside the talented Winemaker, Thomas Brown for 7 years, Smith’s raw talent gave way to a successful career making wine for labels such as Carter Cellars, Becklyn, Maybach Family, Tamber Bey, Scarlett Wines, Rivers Marie,and 12c to name a few. Smith’s personal labels, Myriad Cellars, Quivet and Ancillary Cellars have also provided a
foundation for his genius.
12c Wines is a culmination of experience, Napa Valley’s finest terroir and artistry. For John and Joyce Raudabaugh and Mike Smith, the Wines are an authentic expression of the region and illustrate the passion behind the name.
“We fell in love with the Napa Valley. It’s in our blood,” said John Raudabaugh.
225 Case production
The 2016 vintage of the 12C and the 12C G3 Reserve will be released on June 11, 2018. Wines
may be purchased online.
Article By: Valerie Owens