2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is super-expressive today. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco, licorice and new leather flesh out in an impeccably balanced, mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon long on class and personality. Once again, David Ramey has produced a jewel of a wine.” – 90-93pts, Antonio Galloni, vinous, February 2016
2014 was another classic vintage. A mild winter and spring caused an early bud break followed by consistent temperatures throughout the summer, promoting even ripening.
The wine rested sur lies to incorporate the oak so that the 18 months spent in 52% new barrels (three-year air dried French, 50% and American, 2%) is barely noticeable. Due to this vintage’s supple tannins, we left this wine in barrel for only 18 months before we bottled it unfiltered.
Our tenth vintage of this appellation Cabernet is blended from a combination of hillside and valley floor vineyards. Our style combines the harmony produced by traditional Bordelaise winemaking techniques with the voluptuousness gained from California’s weather, especially in this perfect vintage.