Emerson Brown 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (94RP 93AG)
- Size: 750ml
- Item Code: WN17010509
- Vintage: 2014
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from sites Emerson Brown has been working with for years. Primarily bench and valley floor vineyard blocks located in Oakville, Rutherford and Calistoga.
Produced at Vineyard 29’s State-of-the-art winery in St. Helena, with full use of the optical sorter and gravity flow, this first-rate Napa Valley Cabernet has spectacular opulence and beautifully knit flavors of blackberries, black raspberries intermixed with sweet oak, creme de cassis and violets. If you love top-quality Napa Valley Cabernets without the high price tag sometimes associated with them, this one’s definitely for you.
“2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa has loads of chocolate, blackberry, espresso and new oak notes, gorgeous full-bodied texture, beautiful purity and length. This is a terrific full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignon that has the silky tannins of the vintage and enormous fruit extract. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.” 94 Points Robert Parker
Cabernet Sauvignon makes the most dependable candidate for aging, more often improving into a truly great wine than any other single varietal. With age, its distinctive black currant aroma can develop bouquet nuances of cedar, violets, leather, or cigar box and its typically tannic edge may soften and smooth considerably. It is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in the Medoc district of France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Long thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet sauvignon berries are small, spherical with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide. The best growing sites for producing quality wines from Cabernet Sauvignon are in moderately warm, semi-arid regions providing a long growing season, on well-drained, not-too-fertile soils. Vineyards in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, much of the Napa Valley, and around the Paso Robles area of the Central Coast have consistently produced the highest-rated California examples. Typically, Cabernet Sauvignon wines smell like black currants with a degree of bell pepper or weediness, varying in intensity with climatic conditions, viticulture practices, and vinification techniques. Climates and vintages that are either too cool or too warm, rich soils, too little sun exposure, premature harvesting, and extended maceration are factors that may lead to more vegetative, less fruity character in the resulting wine.