The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve exhibits a terrific intensity and richness and could easily equal what they achieved with their 2013 Reserve. I'll wait until it's in bottle to provide more detailed notes. This estate is the old Wolf property, a 12 acre vineyard in the heart of the St. Helena AVA. It is owned by David Sinegal, who is part of the successful Costco empire. The wines are very impressive, as one might expect with the assets behind a vineyard such as this. There are essentially three cuvées--one of Cabernet Franc, an estate Cabernet Sauvignon and then a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. (RP)
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is fabulous today. Harmonious, deep and beautifully layered throughout, the 2014 marries opulence with energy in a wine of cool sophistication. In this vintage, the approach really seems to gel, as all the elements are in the right place, while there is no question the French oak is better integrated. This is also the first vintage made on the property itself. This is a terrific showing from the young team at Sinegal. The old and the new come together at Sinegal Estate. David Sinegal purchased the former Wolf Vineyard and set out to get the most out of this historic property. Tony Biagi, formerly of Plumpjack, and currently the winemaker at Hourglass was brought on to make the wines. Biagi arrived in May 2013, so his first wines were a sort of trial by fire. Things get much more serious in 2014, as quality looks to have improved in a meaningful way. With an additional year under his belt, Biagi has turned out a set of glorious wines. The cooler vintage yielded Cabernets with more freshness and lower alcohols than 2013. The resulting wines are chiseled and sculpted, yet also possess superb energy throughout. Sinegal is located in a warm sector within St. Helena. Achieving richness and ripeness is never an issue here, but making complete wines of real pedigree is much more elusive. The 2014s certainly appear to be a step in that direction. (RP)
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve was the first vintage made on the property and is a partially barrel fermented blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon blended with a small amount of Cabernet Franc. This inky colored, concentrated, full-bodied 2014 offers terrific notes of cassis, currants, toasted spices and graphite. More broad and expansive than the 2013, yet not quite and pure or seamless, with present tannin, give bottles 3-4 years and enjoy over the following two decades. (JD)
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