LCBO Vintages Release
Located in the heart of the Sonoma Coast, CrossBarn is an innovative winery led by renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs. Dedicated to crafting wines of stunning quality and exceptional value, his approach combines sustainable vineyard practices and traditional technique. These sophisticated yet approachable wines focus on the expression of California’s most celebrated AVA’s, including Napa Valley for Cabernet.
In a string of excellent vintages, 2014 was the third straight outstanding season in a row. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigour, and a warm growing season without disruptive heat spikes resulted in steady, even ripening through to harvest. The resulting wines possess great site specificity and depth.
Produced using hand-harvested fruit picked at night when the berries are cool, CrossBarn’s Napa Cabernet is a showcase for some of the valley’s best vineyards. Fermented by native yeast, fruit macerated for nearly a month. Following 20 months maturation in French and American oak (14% new), the final blend comprises 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the remainder small quantities of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.
A deep, dark ruby hue, this Cab has an inviting nose of cedar, dark chocolate, fig, and tobacco. On the palate, you’ll find juicy flavours of boysenberry and plum, baking spice and clove. The finish is long and savoury, well-structured with mouth-coating tannins.
“This wine is composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon with 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley opens with spicy cassis and blueberry tart notions plus underlying bay leaves, cedar, pencil lead and smoked meat notes. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and packed with black berry and spice box flavour layers, it has a firm backbone of grainy tannins and instills plenty of freshness on the finish.”
92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2017