2014 Leonardini Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

NAPA VALLEY
$85.00 per bottle   /   $72.25 club price
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92 points, Jeb Dunnuck

90 points, Wine Enthusiast

(91-93) points, Wine Advocate

This is classic Cabernet Sauvignon.  The wine has a deep, intense color and a distinct fruit center that begins with rich black currants, cedar, mixed berry crumble, graphite, chocolate, and a touch of licorice on the nose.  Its balance and mid-palate are most notable, providing long plush tannins alongside its dense fruit character. On the palate, it delivers blackberries, toasted brioche, black olives, walnuts, and a mélange of baking spices and vanilla on the finish.  The good underlying tannin structure, complexity and ample fruit guarantees rewards to the patient collector.  If drinking now, decant carefully or age between 10-20 years.

WINEMAKER NOTES

The Leonardini Estate Cabernet Sauvignon comes from handpicked blocks in Whitehall Lane’s Estate Vineyards. This 2014 wine was made from grapes grown in three of the Leonardini Family’s seven Estate Vineyard properties. It included select vineyard rows of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Oak Glen Vineyard, Millennium MM Vineyard, and Leonardini Vineyard. The wine was aged in 65% new French oak barrels and 35% neutral French oak barrels for 27 months.   

THE VINTAGE

The growing conditions of 2014 were very similar to 2013, with lots of sunny warm days and cool nights throughout the Spring and Summer. September and October were also warm allowing the fruit to fully ripen with outstanding flavors. The grapes were harvested between September 16th and September 28th when the flavors were at their peak. 

 

WINE FACTS

Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon   

Appellation: Napa Valley   

Alcohol: 14.4% 

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon