LCBO Vintages Release
Duckhorn Vineyards has produced Cabernet Sauvignon since 1978. This particular wine, which combines fruit from Duckhorn’s estate vineyards and top independent growers, embodies the complexity of Napa Valley. 2014 was an interesting year in Napa; heavy spring rain supplied much-needed moisture after the driest winter on record. A warm spring triggered early budbreak, and the resulting fruit was supported by perfect weather through the summer. The wines are fruit-forward yet focused. A real treat.
In the 2014, you’ll find a seamless balance between fruit, oak, and tannins. Without major heat events to sway the winemaker’s hand, terroir and skill are at the fore. Following fermentation, lots spent 16 months in French oak, equal parts new and used. The final blend is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.
This is a complex, compelling, generous wine that reflects the diversity of great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. On the nose, bright layers of red and black fruit are balanced by violet, dried herbs, black liquorice, and graphite. Flavours echo aromas: On the palate, black currant and liquorice elements are supported by firm, impeccably balanced tannins. Good acidity carries the juicy dark fruit notes through a long, satisfying finish. You’ll be pleased to know that this wine is both approachable in its youth and worthy of cellaring.
“This is marked by a strong herb and oak mixture and framed by a lively burst of red currant, red licorice, dusty, cedary oak and licorice notes. Drink now through 2030.”
92 points, Wine Spectator, Sept 2017
“A complex bouquet of creamy red and black fruit, cedar, tea leaves and a touch of tobacco leads into an open-knit, supple, ripe but fresh palate. It’s a nice introduction to the Duckhorn Napa portfolio, and to the valley’s Cabernets in general.”
91 points, William Kelley, Decanter, May 2017
“Mint and berry aromas with hints of spices. Medium body, firm tannins and a medium finish. No reason to wait. Drink now. Always excellent.”
90 points, JamesSuckling.com, May 2017