2014 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2014
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 94
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
California Grapevine: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :


"A big, rich Cabernet, with firm, structured tannins that are powerful and edgy, framing the core of blackberry, black cherry, plum and espresso flavors. An impressive effort. Best from 2019 through 2029. 4,075 cases made.–JL " (WS)

"For those who look for depth and concentration in their Cabernets, the Lancaster wines reviewed here clearly hit the nail on the head. The sheer saturation of character in this offering's black cherry, dried plum, black olive, rooty, slightly brushy/herbal aromas will find few matches for intensity and range, and while polish may not be a major part of the equation, some quiet time in bottle should bring a rounder, more supple side over the next four to seven years or so. -Reviewed: August 2017" (CG)

"4. 2014 Lancaster Estate, Alexander Valley ($75) – Medium-dark ruby; attractive, cedary, blackberry fruit aroma with notes of cassis, kalamata olive, and espresso; full body; forward, rich, ripe, cedary, layered, cherry and blackberry fruit flavors with spicy notes, a hint of dark chocolate, and overtones of toasty oak; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Approachable now though best to age for anther three to five more years. Very highly recommended. 15.0% alcohol; 4,000 cases; blended with 9% Malbec, 8% Merlot, 2% PV, and 1% CF; released May 2017. (Group Score: 16.6, 1/0/4; My Score: 17 [92/100], fourth place)" (CGV)

Winery Notes:
Vintage and Estate Notes:
2014 proved to be a challenging yet abundant vintage in the Alexander Valley. Midsummer sugars were initially ahead of flavor development, but cool weather in September stalled ripening. This resulted in an even ripening, where the grapes reached full flavor potential through optimal maturity. The grapes were harvested from September 11 - October 13, 2014 with higher yields for the third consecutive year. Consistent with Lancaster Estate’s commitment to making wines of authenticity and place, all of our wines are estate grown, produced and bottled. Native yeasts are used for primary fermentation while secondary malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in barrel. To preserve the truest expression of our estate, the Lancaster Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon was gently fined and then bottled unfiltered.