Rudius Panek Vinyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
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The 2014 vintage is classic Panek Cabernet : distinct pencil lead and graphite edginess, with the ever-present Panek Vineyard ‘blueberry’ rounding out a surprisingly fragrant bouquet. The precise and seamless palate is even more pronounced in this vintage due to the extended aging, and the wine drinks as though it has already enjoyed the additional bottle age it usually asks to show its best. Rich flavors of slow roasted meat, warm holiday spices and ripe black currants combine to bring the wine to a satisfyingly smooth finish that lingers long after the last sip. This is perhaps the best Panek Vineyard Cabernet Rudius has produced, and that is saying something. We hope that you will have the patience to hold some of this wine until 2035 and beyond, as we certainly won’t!
|Region||California, Napa Valley, St Helena|
Wine AdvocateThe deep garnet-purple colored 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard (all 337 clone, aged 33 months in oak) opens with earthy notes of mossy bark, tilled black soil and black truffles over a core of cassis, blueberries and warm plums with touches of menthol and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with blue and black fruits, supported with a firm, grainy backbone and a lively line, finishing with great length and depth. 220 cases made.
James SucklingTight and very layered with a powerful and intense center palate. Full body and chewy tannins. Juicy with lots of flavor. Needs three to four years to soften. Drink in 2021.
Wine SpectatorShows a tight, vivid focus on dark berry, cedar, graphite and anise flavors, framed by dusty oak and promising a healthy life ahead. Can stand cellaring given the presence of tannins. Best from 2020 through 2030. 180 cases made.