Vineyardist 2014 "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley


Winemaker Notes: "The 2014 Vineyardist is made entirely from estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the Diamond Mountain AVA at elevations up to 1,300 feet.  Using the oldest of the estate's vines, grapes were harvested at yields close to 1 ton per acre and barrel aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak. This is a complex wine with aromas of ripe blackberries, mountain berries, graphite, black cherries, violets and crushed stone.  Hints of suede, espresso, rose petals, and fruitcake fill the nose.  The mouth is huge with flavors expressing currants, black strawberries and gooseberries.  This is contrasted by the substantial tannins, which are supple and velvety.  This is a beautifully balanced wine: concentrated, plush, rich and candied, complemented by seamless tannins and a profound finish."  

Galloni 95+ Points: "The 2014 The Vineyardist has turned out beautifully. Pomegranate, sweet red cherry, plum, mint and rose petal give the wine its distinctive brightness in this vintage. The 2014 is perhaps a bit less explosive than some previous editions, but it more than makes up for that with its total finesse."

Robert Parker 95 Points: "A barrel sample of the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon came from even smaller yields of 1.25 tons of fruit per acre. This is certainly a winner in this vintage. The wine comes across as a structured Napa version of a first- or second-growth Pauillac. Loads of crème de cassis, cedar wood and graphite jump from the glass as well as burning embers and scorched earth. It is deep, rich, full-bodied, layered and impressive. Production is about 225 cases. This wine was given the same élevage of 75% Darnajou barrels and 25% Taransaud barrels"

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  • Vintage: 2014
  • Winery: Vineyardist