Carte Blanche 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley - 96 Points

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After the success with her own label, Helen Keplinger is out of control (in a very good way)!  The latest releases of Carte Blanche Cabernet and Proprietary Red showcase Helen’s amazing talents.  Only a few hundred cases of this mindboggling wine was produced from this “next” Haut Brion of the Napa Valley! This wine received  a 100 point wine in my book!

 

This family has been in the wine business for nearly a century, since his great grandfather, Clarence Dillon, acquired Chateau Haut-Brion in 1935 and the family company, Domaine. Clarence Dillon, subsequently purchased Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion in 1983. This was the inspiration to produce his own boutique label in Napa Valley — Carte Blanche.

 

Robert Parker 96 Points: “Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon from Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper vineyard with 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. It offers up notions of crushed blackberries, warm blueberries and dried herbs with suggestions of cedar, Marmite toast and unsmoked cigar. Medium to full-bodied with impressive concentration and a rock-solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins, the palate delivers mouth-filling black and blue fruit with a lively kick on the long, earthy finish. 400 cases were made.”

 

Winemaker Notes: “The 2014 Carte Blanche Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon showcases Oakville’s Missouri Hopper Vineyard owned by Andy Beckstoffer. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reveals the delicate balance of ripe dark fruits, plush velvety tannins, savory notes, structure and minerality. Ballard vineyard’s 6% Petite Verdot provides a brooding base note, depth and nuance.  A hint of Cabernet Franc, 1% from Kuleto Vineyard, was the perfect touch to round out this stunning wine.”


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  • Vintage: 2014
  • Winery: Carte Blanche