Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Country: USA Region: California
District: Napa Valley
Ratings and Tasting Notes:(JS=98) The evolution of this wine has been phenomenal since I tasted it in barrel a year ago with the same black cherry, plum and citrus character but it's turn to orange leaf, dark Chinese tea, and mushroom. Full body, fine and velvety tannins with a touch of dust to the texture. So much chocolate and fruit undertones with forest floor and hints of tobacco. The mouth feel and complexity are seductive. Better to drink in 2022 but a joy to taste. Spring 2018 release. (RP=94) The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was aged for 17 months in 45% new French oak, is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine is dense purple, with sweet cedar wood, unsmoked cigar tobacco, cr?me de cassis, and black raspberries in a classic, almost St.-Julien/Pauillac style. This emerged from a valley floor vineyard on the west side of Napa, where Christian Moueix told me that 2014 was characterized by generally slightly higher than average temperatures for the summer with only minor heat spikes in June and July. August and September went off without a hitch, and the harvest took place during the month of September. This full-bodied wine will hit its peak in 3-5 years and last for 25-30. (AG=91-94) In 2014, the Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, virile and imposing, with notable depth and intensity for the year. Grilled herbs, smoke, tar, graphite, tobacco and licorice meld together in a deep, effortless wine that remains quite embryonic. The darker tonalities of fruit recall the 2013, but the forward, dense fruit leans more towards the style of the 2012. The story of 2014 comes down to rain. Specifically, there was none, and the wine very much reflects that struggle with nature. (WS=92) The warmed dark currant, bitter plum and blackberry paste flavors are enhanced by light tobacco, singed alder and loam accents. The tobacco note asserts itself through the finish, with the fruit content in reserve for now. Shows sneaky acidity, and would benefit from some cellaring. Best from 2022 through 2032. 1,400 cases made.