2014 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2014
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 87
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
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San Francisco International Wine Competition, July 2017: Gold Medal & 90 points

"Smooth and generous with deep plum and ripe berry fruit; sweet vanilla oak and luscious style; nicely structured and rich; a classic from an under-appreciated Napa mainstay."Read more. -Anthony Dias Blue, April 2017 93 Points

"Quietly keyed on currants and a bit of sweet oak in the nose and following suit once in the mouth, this solidly varietal, momentarily supple working teases with early fruit then veers to very obvious tannin and its flavors are presently overmatched by astringency. It does not dry out, but it is a challenging drink now, even with heartier cuts of beef or lamb, and it needs to be set aside for at least a few years and will require a few more before coming fully into its own. Reviewed: April 2017" (CG)

Winery Notes:
In spite of a year that saw the continuation of California’s drought in Napa Valley, vintners in the region celebrated another vintage for the record books in 2014. Heavy rains in late February and early March gave a much-needed drink of water to vines as they emerged from dormancy, and a warm, relatively frost-free spring allowed bud break, flowering and fruit set to proceed without interruption. Continued warm, dry weather throughout the summer brought the grapes to perfect ripeness in a harvest that was relatively early and also bountiful. 2014 was the third great vintage year in a row for Napa Valley, with vintners using phrases such as "excellent quality," "depth of flavor" and "exciting concentration" to describe the forthcoming wines.

The grapes for our 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were grown in our estate vineyards located in some of Napa Valley’s most prestigious appellations, including Rutherford, Oakville and St. Helena. The hand-harvested grapes, picked at night, went through a four day ‘cold soak’ to extract rich fruit flavor prior to fermentation. At dryness, a portion of the wine was pressed off the grape skins immediately while the remaining tanks went through a period of extended maceration to create fullness and texture and to soften the tannins of the finished wine. Prior to blending, the wine aged in a mix of new and seasoned oak barrels for 22 months.

This fruit-forward Cabernet offers up lovely aromas of blackberry jam, dark plum and boysenberry with hints of toasted spice and dark chocolate. In the mouth, lush fruit is layered with notes of brown baking spices, vanilla, dark espresso bean along with traces of fresh sage and lavender. This is a warm, voluptuous Napa Valley Cabernet, packed with fruit but displaying a good balance of oak, tannin and acid.