2014 Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon
Make no mistake, this is a true mountain wine: concentrated, dense and packed with flavor. Yet it also possesses a seamless elegance that belies its intensity. Blackberry, cassis, coffee and black tea define a wine that has reached full phenological ripeness without losing its essential cabernet character. On the palate, the wine is rich and open, with sweet tannins that are nutty, ripe and silky.
Our Vintner Select Cabernet was harvested on October 8th and spent fifteen days macerating on the skins before being gently pressed to French oak barrels, approximately 50% new. It was barrel-aged for nineteen months, being racked five times during this period, and was then bottle-aged for an additional seven months prior to release.
|Blend:||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Release Date:||January 2017|
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: August 2017
Somewhat closed-in to start with toasty, slightly creamy oak in the lead, the nose does open with airing and fruit finds its place as co-equal partner. Fairly precise varietal notes of currants and black cherry also slowly make themselves known on the palate where the wine's youthfully gruff exterior occludes a burgeoning sense of suppleness that seems sure to grow in prominence with the five to seven years of cellaring that are demanded here. And do not be surprised if the wine lasts a lot longer-quite possibly reaching far into its second decade.
Reviewed: August 2017