2014 Template, Napa Valley
The 2014 Template, a new Merlot-based wine from David Ramey, is supple, open-knit and delicious. Merlot gives the wine its juiciness, while the Cabernet Franc aromatics are nicely delineated through to the finish. I would prefer to drink the 2014 over the next handful of years. The Template is a bit more delicate than it was last year, so I am not at all surprised David Ramey bottled this wine a bit earlier than originally contemplated.