On the nose, the 2014 Reserve Block Cabernet shows complex aromas of sweet blackberry coulis, currants, and black licorice. The dense palate is packed with an intense combination of dark red and blue berries, baking spices, and sweet tobacco. The oak is integrated seamlessly, and the perfectly balanced components come together in a smooth finish that lasts for nearly a minute.
|Vintage:||2014||Grape Varietals:||95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot||ABV:||14.6%|
|Aging:||Aged 18 months in 100% French oak barrels (50% new)|
95% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from three single-vineyard sites in the Chiles Valley AVA in Napa Valley, 5% Merlot from the Oak Knoll AVA in Napa Valley
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|C0EE373001CSL||750ml||12||Glass||8 52671 06865 6||1 08 52671 06865 3||$35.00|
"Dull garnet black color. Aromas of dried currant, geranium, and terra cotta dust with a velvety, bright, dry full body and a warming, complex, long roasted figs with chocolate glaze, hoisin sauce, and sandalwood finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak. A lovely floral Rutherford Cab with a bountiful bouquet of fruits & spices."
- Beverage testing Institute (August 13th 2018), 92 pts
"This shows the sage and underbrush profile of the vintage, but with a bit more brightness to the fruit, as raspberry and plum coulis flavors emerge from the core. Light graphite, anise and mineral hints streak the finish. Best from 2020 through 2034. 1,900 cases made.—J.M."
- Wine Spectator (November 2018, "rich reds from Napa Valley and Paso Robles"), 91 pts