2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
WINE PHILOSOPHY: Highlands Napa Valley believes that quality winemaking begins in the vineyard. We focus on small lot production using inspired and uncompromising winemaking techniques that express the finest fruit, concentration and terroir of each vintage. Bottling wines of intensity and exceptional character demonstrates our commitment to excellence. We appreciate your partnership in our experience of enjoying beautifully handcrafted wines.
FOOD PAIRINGS: Our 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is an exemplary food friendly wine with its balance and structure that complements, and is not overpowering. Red meats are a favorite, as are medium to hard cheeses, along with mushroom dishes, roasted vegetables, baked potatoes, and rich savory sauces and foods.
VINTAGE NOTES: The 2013/2014 Napa Valley growing season approached the driest on record, though heavy rains in February and March launched the grape vines with critical moisture. A warm spring released an early bud break, followed by near perfect balance of warm days and cool nights throughout the summer allowing the fruit to achieve full ripeness with defined flavors and balanced, structured tannins. Harvest unfolded on schedule. This vintage, the third year of drought, developed into an exceptional one of wines with near perfect concentration, supple tannins and exquisite varietal flavors.
TASTING NOTES: This well balanced wine, with its vibrant garnet red color, shows a deep and expressive nose with dark fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry and subtle pleasing hints of creamy root beer and vanilla oak. Blackberry entwined with cocoa and cassis flavors flows on the palate, silky on entry, layered on an exceptionally balanced body of crisp acidity and earthy, supple tannins. The wine settles into a long and clean finish of fruit and oak.
CELLARING: This sophisticated wine will benefit from further cellaring, or allow ample decant time