*Editors' Choice* Once again, this more affordable “younger brother” to the Mount Eden bottling competes with gusto. Including 14% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec, it shows savory black plum, black pepper, char, leather and dried herb aromas on the nose. The palate is hearty and almost salty tasting, with beef, charred black fruit, pine resin and caramel flavors. Very satisfying and full of umami characteristics.
*Best Buy* Jeffrey Patterson blends this wine from five Bordeaux varieties—mostly cabernet sauvignon—and from five vineyard sites, including Mount Eden, Domaine Eden and three other growers in Saratoga. It’s a silken 2014, with tannins that are as dark and tight as wild blueberry skins. Those tannins give it a youthful savor, though they don’t detract from its immediate drinkability, offering a delicious and distinctly Santa Cruz Mountains cabernet.
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon packs a serious punch. A rush of black cherry, plum, herb, graphite and smoke fleshes out in an exuberant, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon that offers considerable near and medium term appeal. Although not especially complex, the 2014 has a joyous radiance to it that will make it impossible to resist upon release. (AG)
Powerful and complex, uncommonly distinctive and layered, with savory dark berry, cedar, graphite, road tar and cigar box nuances. (JL)
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