LCBO Vintages Classics Collection
O’Shaughnessy’s 2014 Napa Valley offering really encompasses the essence of the year. This is a radiant Cabernet. The nose is layered with rich ripe fruit, vanilla bean, baking spice, and fresh tobacco leaf. The flavours are bright and focused, with gorgeous layers of confit plum, blackberry jam, and hibiscus. The finish is lengthy and broad, with flavours of smoked cherry wood and fine, well-integrated tannins.
“O’Shaughnessy’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is one of the very best values readers will find in top-notch Napa Valley Cabernet. A host of dark red cherry, plum, mocha, spice, leather and tobacco give the 2014 a good deal of aromatic complexity to balance the natural richness of the year. Unlike the single-vineyard Cabernets, the Napa Valley bottling will drink well pretty much upon release. This is an absolutely impeccable Cabernet Sauvignon from O’Shaughnessy and winemaker Sean Capiaux. 2018 – 2026”
94 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Dec 2016
“Betty O’Shaughnessy bought her property on Howell Mountain in 1996, and ever since 1999 has had the very talented Sean Capiaux making her wines. Her vineyards on Howell Mountain sit at a high elevation of just under 2000 feet in the red, rocky, volcanic soils the area is known for. I have always been a big fan of these wines, as they are full-flavored but incredibly pure and well-balanced, and that has continued with her bevy of 2014s. […] Betty O’Shaughnessy’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon comes 56% from her holdings on Mt. Veeder and 44% from the home vineyard on Howell Mountain. It is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. This is another beauty, with a deep blue/purple colour and notes of blueberry, blackberry, licorice, charcoal and a touch of graphite. It is full-bodied, nicely layered, with velvety tannin and 2014’s signature up-front, irresistible fruit, charm and overall balance, but without compromising intensity and length. Drink it over the next 15+ years. Drink 2016 – 2031.”
93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2016