A juicy and savory Napa red showing plums, chocolate, walnuts and cedar. Full-bodied with round and chewy tannins, yet this is polished and pretty. Better in 2019.
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from Oakville shows plenty of blackberry, cassis, graphite, licorice, an opaque purple color, sweet blue and black fruits with ripe tannin and a nice, well-delineated full-bodied mouthfeel. Like most 2014s, it is already showing plenty of charm and fruit, but this has slightly more structure than many of them and would probably benefit from several years of bottle age, and keep for 20 or more years. (RP)
*Two Stars* Sweet, slightly caramelly oak plays a fairly significant role here and is a constant companion to this ample offering's black cherry fruit. Scattered accents of briary spice, mocha and loam provide plenty of varietal complexity, and, if a little stocky and tough in the late going, the wine has the essential stuffing and structure to take well to cellaring. Impatient drinkers are advised to wait for a few years, but it will not begin to hit its full stride until a half-dozen have passed.
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