2014 TEXTBOOK Cabernet Sauvignon "Mise en place," Oakville District, Napa Valley

Textbook Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

92 POINTS, OUTSTANDING - James Suckling

91 POINTS, OUTSTANDING - Robert Parker

90 POINTS - EXCELLENT - Wine Enthusiast

  • Superbly mature and well-drained Cabernet site on rocky east-side of Oakville District AVA, next door to Screaming Eagle. Merlot site is on east-side, next to Paradigm, near To-Kalon and down the hill from Harlan.
  • Classic Bordelaise winemaking (blended varietals, new French oak, egg-white fining) partnered with beautiful Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot provides a spectacular result.

$65 per 750mL bottle    


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ACCOLADES

92 POINTS, OUTSTANDING
"Aromas of walnuts, bark and dark fruit follow through to a medium to full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Lovely fruit to this."

91 POINTS, OUTSTANDING 
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mise En Place, from Oakville, shows loads of licorice, Christmas fruitcake, sweet black fruits and a touch of oak in a medium to full-bodied, pure, concentrated style that is in keeping with the epic style of this vintage. Drink it over the next 12-15 years."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, December 2015

90 POINTS - EXCELLENT, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 
- Wine Enthusiast, March 2017

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
- James Suckling

STRIKING! 
"Striking up front depth and richness..impressive!"
- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

95 POINTS, OUTSTANDING
2012 VINTAGE
"The inky/purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Mise en Place" comes from the rocky east side of Oakville, and spent 24 months in French oak. Playing it closer to the vest than its siblings, with coaxing, it reveals some extraordinarily ripe, rich blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with hints of charcoal, scorched earth and wet rocks. Full-bodied and powerful, it should turn out to be a beauty, but buyers should plan on deferring their gratification for 2-4 years. Watch the magic unfold over the following two decades."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2014

92 POINTS, OUTSTANDING & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
2010 VINTAGE
"Opaque ruby. Sexy aromas of candied dark berries, pipe tobacco, licorice and vanilla, with a smoky topnote.  Broad, pliant, seamless blackberry and cherry-vanilla flavors are brightened by a spicy element. Emphatically fruity but structured cabernet, with strong finishing power and subtle, well-knit tannins that add shape. The fruit for this wine is sourced from a site in the high-rent eastern side of Oakville."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2013

91 POINTS, OUTSTANDING
2009 VINTAGE
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

91 POINTS
2
008 VINTAGE
"An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character."
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

91 POINTS, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, OUSTANDING
2008 VINTAGE
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

VINTAGE 2014

Warm, sunny days, cool nights and perfect conditions all year long left us very encouraged that we’d have some superb wines in barrel. Although the harvest started and ended early, we were super excited about the depth of fruit and exemplary tannin profile at harvest. We were left wondering, “will this be as good as 2012 and 2013”? In the end it is a different vintage, and we think might overtake them in the long run.

OAKVILLE VINEYARDS

Our “Mise en place” Cabernet Sauvignon comes from two very special single vineyard sites located on the extreme eastern and western sides of the Oakville District abutting the rugged and dry Vaca Mountain and verdant Mayacamas mountain ranges. These sub-sections of the Oakville AVA are renowned for superb, richly-textured Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The terrain is characterized by steep hills that bask in warm afternoons, offering an ideal growing environment. Soil profiles include gravelly alluvium (eroded off the nearby mountains) covered by gravelly loam and in some places interspersed with large boulders. They are infertile and very well-drained. Planted in the early 1980’s and 1990’s these sites clonal material include heritage selections (likely from Beaulieu Block).

Exemplary sustainable farming practices are employed in these mature sites. After veraison we culled unevenly ripened bunches which reduced yield to less than 7 pounds per vine (@ 3.2 tons/acre), low for the Oakville District. 

WINEMAKING

TEXTBOOK Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot clusters were field-sorted, hand-harvested and then hand-sorted at the winery at an average of 25.9 Brix and subsequently cold soaked for 7 days in open-top, temperature-controlled fermenters. Two daily punchdowns during fermentation kept the caps immersed and extracted superb flavor and structure. After twenty-eight days on their skins we gently pressed into French oak barriques where the lots completed ML fermentation over the winter. Barrels were of the highest quality; 100% French, 50% new, three-year air-dried, medium-toast with toasted heads and handcrafted by Boutes, Francois Frères and Nadalié. A touch of Oakville Merlot from the westside foothills added mouthfeel and softness and completed the classic “Bordeaux Left Bank” blend profile. Twenty-three months maturation in barrel with two rackings and one egg white fining integrated flavors and developed its wonderfully balanced, yet textured mouth-feel. We bottled twenty-six barrels.   

It is called “Mise en place” to reflect the preparation and diligence exercised in the vineyards and winery. We believe it is a “textbook” example of this noble variety grown in this outstanding appellation.

WINE FACTS

Regional Composition: 100% Oakville District
Varietal Composition: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon (Heritage Clone & 4 & 337), 19% Merlot
pH: 3.66
TA: 0.63 g/100mL
 

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