2014 Liparita "V Block" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $60) SKU #1405849

Price: $19.99

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Tasting Notes

The historic Liparita label traces its origin all the way back to the late 1800s. The founder, William Keyes, was an early pioneer in the history of California winemaking, having been among the first to designate an appellation wine with his Howell Mountain Claret. Unfortunately, the combination of prohibition and then phylloxera took its toll on many wineries early on, including Liparita. The label was revived several times over the past century, but it was Napa Valley grower Spencer Hoopes who finally resurrected the historic name in 2006 by bringing Liparita back to the luster of its glory days. He's been producing stylish appellation designated Cabernets since. Anne Vawter began as the winemaker with the 2012 vintage. She credits much of her winemaking style to the years she worked with legendary winemaker Heidi Barrett while at Paradigm winery in Oakville. She holds a degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davis. As she notes of this wine, "2014 is a voluptuous vintage. A well-balanced crop and easy going growing season gifted us by lengthening the 'just right' window of physiological maturity and peak flavors. This is a layered and refined expression of our Liparita Cabernet, still powerful, but with an active mid-palate and spacious freshness on the finish." The fruit was sourced from prime vineyards in Yountville. The wine is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 2% Petite Sirah aged for 21 months in 100% French oak of which 33% is new.

Staff Reviews

  • Illya Haase
    By: Illya Haase
    K&L Staff Member
    It's not uncommon for us to receive incredible California Cabernets at great value prices, but the the Liparita knocks it out of the park. Just the aroma of this wine is worth the money! On the nose, you will be blasted with floral violets and lavender, currant, cassis, and spice. With further aeration, there's graphite, licorice, sweet oak, clove, and vanilla. The Liparita has a rich, velvety texture balanced with good acidity and tannic structure. The finish is smooth and cohesive. A customer asked, "Why so cheap?" I said, "I don't know...but man, it's GOOD!"
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose is filled with wild, savory and tar filled notes followed by hints of black currant. On the palate the wines bold richness stands out immediately but the wine’s structure reins in any overly fleshy concepts and gives one a sense of balance and direction. The flavors are definitely more savory, less of your new, Napa sweet fruitiness but more of an old school mountain Cabernet without harsh tannins. The wine’s finish gives a real framework to the powerful presence but is balanced by smooth tannins and a supple and surprisingly long finish. For the price point this is exceptional.
  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    AVA Designate Cab hailing from the same appellation as Dominus yet more than a fraction of the price?! I think I found my new STEAL OF THE CENTURY. With 5 years of age, this cab is rather approachable now, and an honest must buy for the Napa Cab Drinker. Full bodied, robust, and packed with a nice oomph, this cab rocks. Worth a bottle, or two, or even a case, if not several cases.
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    There was a lot of buzz among the staff when this wine made it down to our Hollywood store, so by the time I got to try it, I was expecting a lot. Happily, it delivered! Dark berry and cherry fruit sings up front, with spice and pleasant dustiness through the generous palate and a clean - but long - finish. At once both old school and youthful, this is a ton of wine for the money, especially given its Yountville provenance. A must try for California Cab lovers.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    I was fortunate enough to wander into our tasting bar when domestic buyer Kaj Stromer pulled corks on the Liparita wines. Immediately on the nose, the Yountville promises classic Napa aromatics of blackcurrants, roasted plums and baking spices. On the palate, the fruit attacks with a lush full-bodied profile that fills the mouth and lingers on the finish. This is harmonious and delightful. A couple years in bottle has really opened this wine up and offers incredible accessibility. Fear not losing a few bottles in your cellar for a several years either because this Yountville will drink extremely well for quite some time. I've tasted many Cabernets over the years and $50 is where most of my favorites fall for this hallowed region. But this offers all that quality for only $20? It's a no-brainer.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    As K&L buyers our days are dedicated to ferreting out great buying opportunities. I would have to say that this is the most stunning “wine buy” I’ve come across this year. We’re able to offer a $60 wine at 65% off! This is a real unicorn. When I tasted the wine I was impressed by the aromatics, the fruit, the structure, and the long finish. In every way this is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with all its wild dark berry fruit and palate coating dusty tannins. I visited the operation several years ago and I’ve sold a few vintages in the past so I was aware of the wine's overall high quality. What I didn’t realize was just how good this offer would be. It turns out that the winery was sitting on some back stock of this gem and that they were interested in moving it…quickly. So they made us an offer we could not refuse. This reminds me of my early days as a budding wine enthusiast when I could buy the 1990 Caymus Cabernet for $20. It’s like turning back the clock!


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