2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is in many ways the signature of our estate. It is sourced primarily from the oldest vineyard block on our property, a block that was planted in 1982 from field selections taken from two iconic vineyard sites in Napa and Sonoma. The vines are nearly 100% dry-farmed, with roots that stretch as deep as 30’ into red, volcanic soil. This vineyard block consistently produces a powerful, structured wine with layers of fruit and spice, invariably expressing a beautifully intense blue-black color. This year’s incarnation exhibits rich flavors of black cherry, blackberry, licorice, coffee and black tea. The palate is densely structured, yet round and lush with a velvety and not chalky finish. This 2014 Reserve Cab beautifully balances it’s weighty seriousness with finesse. -- Winemaker Sally Johnson
|Blend:||97% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Petit Verdot
|Release Date:||March 2017|
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: August 2017
While no less tannic than its rough-around-the-edges sibling just below, this deeply filled Cabernet Sauvignon is in all ways a richer wine and more than lives up to its "reserve" designation. It is plump and polished and immediately inviting on entry with a wealth of ripe, beautifully rendered, blackcurrant fruit comfortably buffering its ample structural tannins, and generous oak provides a turn of complementary sweetness throughout. The wine is arguably a bit of a showboat at the moment, but there is plenty of depth and genuine varietal gravitas at work here as well, and, as five to ten years in the cellar will make abundantly clear, this one is far more than a pretty face.
Reviewed: August 2017