2014 TEXTBOOK Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
- A diverse array of superb sites in central Napa Valley deliver structure, balance and purity.
- Restrained viticultural and winemaking practices lead to varietal purity and a balanced flavor footprint.
- Classic Bordelaise winemaking (handwork in vineyard, hand sorting, new French oak barrels, egg-white fining, unfiltered) provides an impeccably balanced result.
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92 POINTS, OUTSTANDING - James Suckling
"Interesting combination of ripe fruit and grilled meat follow through to a medium to full body, soft tannins and a fruity finish."
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot is an excellent value in Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine spent 14 months in 35% new French oak. It shows sweet toast, plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit, supple tannins, low acidity and a nice, plush bedonistic style."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, December 2015
90 POINTS, OUTSTANDING
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley spent 16 months in French oak. It exhibits the vintage’s attractive notes of spice box, generous fruit, outstanding ripeness, and fine purity. This is a delicious “textbook” Cabernet Sauvignon that should well young and age effortlessly for 15 or more years. It reminds me of the great 1974 Souverain Vintage Selection, an early best buy in The Wine Advocate that at forty years of age is still going strong!"
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, November 2014
EXCEPTIONAL, 5 STARS
"Exceptional quality and value. This is a supple, ripely flavored, well balanced Cabernet with medium richness, excellent flavor (black cherry, cassis, blackberry, toast, spicy oak), and a long, mildly tannic finish. Drinks well now but should develop with additional aging. 5 Stars!"
- Restaurant Wine, Ronn Weigand, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, August 2014
"The sleeper of the vintage and a noteworthy value."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2013
90 POINTS, OUTSTANDING & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2013
Vintage 2014 followed the excellent 2012 and 2013 and led to debates as to which vintage was “better”. Our sense is they are all very, very high quality; had abundant sunshine, cool evenings and a dry harvest season. The even weather patterns in late September allowed the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest to occur at a more relaxed pace, which is good for high-quality winemaking. While fermenting, our 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon lots were deeply colored, richly textured and thus showed great promise.
The core of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from three sites situated within the Oak Knoll, Rutherford and Oakville AVA's. The Oak Knoll Cabernet site exemplifies its provenance with incredible balance. It is not "over-the-top." The lot from the Rutherford AVA contributed richness and a regal Cabernet purity. Our Oakville District Merlot site again strutted its stuff, delivering deep color, high-quality grape tannin and aromatics. Collectively, TEXTBOOK 2014 showcases superlative "Napa Valley Cabernet" in a classic, delicious and well-mannered way.
At harvest, clusters were field-sorted and then hand picked, and then at the winery hand-sorted (berry-by-berry) at an average of 25 Brix. Cold soaking for 2 days in open-top temperature-controlled fermenters developed color and flavor (in the absence of alcohol). Fermentation began spontaneously with prevailing yeasts and one daily punchdown kept the cap immersed in must, extracting superb flavor and structure. After inoculation with cultured yeasts and twenty-six days on their skins the must was gently pressed into French oak barriques at 5 brix where it completed fermentation. One Oakville District Merlot lot was used, adding really nice mouthfeel and mid-palate. Barrels were 100% French, 30% new, three-year air-dried, medium-plus toast and handbent by Cadus and Francois Freres in central France. Fourteen months barrel maturation with only one racking and one organic egg white fining integrated flavors and developed its wonderfully smooth mouth-feel.
We believe it is a "textbook" example of this noble variety grown in this outstanding appellation and that it can be enjoyed for several years to come.
Regional Composition: 100% Napa Valley (80% Oak Knoll, 10% Rutherford, 10% Oakville District)
Varietal Composition: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot