2014 Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
NAPA CELLARS CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY SAINT HELENA 2013
So much blueberry and blackberry aromas with hints of lilacs and lavender. Full body, firm and silky tannins, and a long and beautiful finish. Extremely balanced and fine. Drink or hold.
by James Suckling, January 15th, 2016
--James Suckling - www.JamesSuckling.com
Napa Cellars 2013 Classic Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
Tiny amounts of Zinfandel and Malbec are added to this wine, which otherwise delivers varietally appropriate notes of tart cranberry and black currant. From there, leather comes onto the palate, bolstering an already heady mix of tannin and oak, finishing rich in tobacco and dark chocolate.
by Virginie Boone, 3/1/2016
Napa Cellars embodies the classic Napa Valley style—ripe, rich, balanced and collectible. Most importantly, the wines of Napa Cellars taste of this great wine region as much as the grape. In the valley’s warm days and cool nights, our vineyards produce five different varieties for which Napa Valley has become famous. Try one of our classic wines, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them.
Grapes for Napa Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon were carefully selected from a collection of prime Napa Valley vineyards, including Atlas Peak and Spring Mountain. Winemaker Joe Shirley’s unprecedented commitment to sourcing fruit from the best regions in Napa Valley results in a beautiful blend that captures the essence of quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
The grapes are hand harvested in the cool morning. Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit is hand-sorted, gently de-stemmed and lightly crushed. Following a 10 to 16-day maceration period, a technique to maximize color and flavor extraction and polish tannins for a rich, supple mouthfeel, the wine is transferred to French oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation, integrating fruit and oak flavors. The wine is then blended with complementary varieties resulting in a lush and savory wine.
Napa Cellars 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon showcases elegant and concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and cassis with blueberry notes. A lush core of ripe dark fruit, boysenberry, chocolate nibs, slight tobacco, spicy black pepper, star anise and hints of toffee and mocha linger through the finish. This wine is full-bodied with balanced acidity and well-integrated, supple tannins. Joe Shirley recommends pairing this 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with port braised beef short ribs topped with mint leaves.
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