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We've been talking a lot over the last few years about great vintages. We've spoken often about the richness and generosity of 12 and waxed poetic about the structure and depth of 13. Well, we sincerely hope you have a love of broken records, because here comes 14. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is not beholden to the vintages that have come before it, this wine has a beauty and power all its own. The nose is driven by boisterous dark cherry and blackberry notes with hints of milk chocolate and toasted vanilla beans. The palate is greeted swiftly by a bramble of blackberry compote and hints of bright cherry paired with a subtle suggestion of pipe tobacco and toasted oak. The mid-palate is rich, with a continuation of the deep black fruit notes which linger into the long finish and merge with smooth dusty tannins. 2014 is shaping up to be a truly powerful vintage, the fruit notes are dominant and the tannins are youthfully engaging. This wine and vintage will certainly reward those with the patience to allow for 10+ years of bottle time. As they say, patience is a virtue, but then again, who needs virtue when great wine is on the table. Drink this when you are ready, decant with vigor over the next 5 years and confidently enjoy to 2028.
Wine AdvocateTheir 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty. Dense ruby/purple, with plenty of crème de cassis, blackberry and licorice, this blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot actually represents unusual value in Napa Valley. The wine has an opaque purple color, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and is certainly capable of lasting 15-20 years.
Wine SpectatorExhibits a rich, juicy, deep core of blackberry and wild berry that maintains focus and ends with strong black fruit themes. Drink now through 2028. 650 cases made.