LCBO Vintages Classics Collection
“Drinking this wine always reminds me of hand developing a photograph in the old days, and watching with wonder as the picture radiates into focus.”
Karen MacNeil, “The Wine Bible”, 2015
Each year, from small lots of fruit grown in the rocky red soil of Ovid’s vineyard on Pritchard Hill, winemakers Austin Peterson and Andy Erickson choose just the best barrels and blend them together to create the new vintage of Ovid Napa Valley. Ovid is a blend of the four Bordeaux varietals grown here: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, varying in proportion from year to year but always eloquently conveying this special place.
“Made up of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, the 2014 Proprietary Red Wine has a deep garnet-purple color and is a little closed to begin, opening slowly to reveal a core of crushed blackberries, warm cassis and cedar chest with nuances of menthol, unsmoked tobacco, Sichuan pepper, tilled soil and mossy bark. Full-bodied and rich, with tons of muscular fruit, the palate is packed with tightly wound black fruits and earthy accents, framed by firm, grainy tannins and invigorating freshness, finishing very long and mineral laced.”
97 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2018
“The 2014 Ovid has really come together nicely since I last tasted it a few months ago. From the beginning, the 2014 has had a slightly raw, unevolved feel that has gradually resolved itself, allowing the wine’s pure power and gravitas to come through. Plush, dark and somewhat somber, the 2014 shows the clear effects of the drought in its inward personality. I would prefer to give the 2014 at least another few years in the cellar.”
96 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Jan 2018