Mending Wall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
With this vintage we aimed for a wine that showed power, depth, grace and accessibility. In the glass, the wine displays a dark sanguine core with a ruby rim. The aromatic notes play lightly in the glass emanating notes of spiced plum, eucalyptus, crushed blueberries, and cocoa powder. The palate experience is where this wine really shines. Notes of kirsch liqueur, clove, cedar, fresh leather, and currant all exist harmoniously making a profile that is fruit focused with a complimentary spicy earth component. This wine is easy to enjoy today and will benefit from a few years in the cellar, ready for a special occasion in the future.
Wine SpectatorSmooth, rich and polished, with a delightful core of spicy currant, blackberry, cedar and mocha, offering an underlying mix of gravelly earth and crushed rock. Long and sustained on the finish. Drink now through 2028.
Wine AdvocateAs for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, it is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 80% new French oak. It is a moderately sized cuvée of 774 cases. It is still showing some tannin and a slightly closed personality, but the wine has an impressively saturated ruby/purple color, and a burgeoning nose of blackcurrants, cedar wood, licorice and loamy soil undertones. The abundant fruit continues on the attack and midpalate, with the wine medium to full-bodied and somewhat structured. Give it another year or so of bottle age and drink it over the following 15-20.