Bench Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Blend, Estate Stag's Leap Napa Valley (INAUGURAL RELEASE)


Bench Vineyards 2014 “Circa 64” Cabernet-Blend, Estate Stag’s Leap Napa Valley - INAUGURAL RELEASE!


Retail 100.00 – GGWC 92.99


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The Story:

Bench Vineyards is a new family venture between the Sharp and Steltzner families.  The Estate consists of 30 acres and sits next door to Odette and some other great Stag’s Leap vineyards.  The name “Bench Vineyards” comes from its unique topography – a true “benchland” vineyard located on the eastern side of the Napa Valley, directly below the Stag’s Leap Palisades.


The Vineyard:
The vineyard was planted in 1964.  Fast forward to 2011.  The family hires vineyardist extraordinaire Jim Barbour and his team to “re-cultivate” the vineyard, and 100 point winemaker Mike Smith (Myriad, Carter, 12c,  Scarlett, Quivet, etc.).  Mike and Jim were very impressed with the potential and after trial blends in 2012 and 13 they officially released the first “commercial” wine in 2014.  Am all estate blend of Cabernet, Malbec and Petit Verdot. 


The Wine:

Amazing color, somewhat inky which tells me intensity! On the nose this wine is bursting with bright black stone fruit and a hint of spice.  This gorgeous youngster offers up astounding flavors of crème de cassis, licorice, black stone fruits and a whiff of toasty vanilla.  The wine is full and lush in body, yet extremely well-balanced with the right balance of fruit/acid ratios.  The tannins are fine grained and well-integrated with a 30 second finish.   Only 250 of this inaugural release were produced! 

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  • Vintage: 2014
  • Winery: Bench Vineyard