2014 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Wild Boar Vineyard

Year: 2014
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 89
Connoisseurs' Guide: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
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"The dark ruby/purple-tinged, juicy, supple 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Wild Boar Vineyard is typical of the vintage in its opulence and fleshy exuberance. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, it exhibits lots of red and blackcurrant, plum and sweet cherry notes as well as a plump, succulent, heady personality. Consume it over the next 10-12 years." (WA)

"Touches of roasted meats, a scant note of dark chocolate and a wisp of loamy, forest-floor spice in its aromas lend this well-extracted effort a distinctive voice of its own, but, just as with its cellarmates from Flora Springs, its bearings are firmly set on deeply drawn fruit. It is, again, a full and fairly tannic wine that warns off early drinking, and, if it gets a bit rough and ragged in the late going, its firm grasp on juicy black cherries and cassis never lets go. Allow for at least a half-dozen years of aging, and anticipate the need for as many more before it comes fully into its own.Reviewed: April 2017" (CG)

"Intensely robust and grippy in smoky oak, this is a well-built brawny red wine. Its flavors are textured and bold in cured meat, char and blackberry jam." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The grapes for our 2014 Wild Boar Cabernet came from the Cypress Ranch Vineyard in Pope Valley, a broad, sparsely populated valley just over Napa’s eastern mountain ridge. This dramatic site reaches 1200 feet of elevation at its highest point, enjoying consistent afternoon breezes that funnel down from the Palisades mountain range and moderate the typically warm temperatures. In recognition of the untamed boars that still roam this agrarian region, we’ve named this robust, highly-concentrated wine Wild Boar. The 2014 vintage offers bright aromas of red and black raspberry and boysenberry that deepen into flavors of cassis, black plum and black currant jam on the palate. The fruit is joined by notes of sweet vanilla bean, cocoa and smoky oak which mingle with wild herbs, white pepper and a touch of loamy earth. With well-integrated oak and tannins that are dusty and youthful, the 2014 Wild Boar is a balanced, well-structured Cabernet that will reward further cellaring.

2014 was celebrated by Napa Valley vintners as another vintage for the record books. Heavy winter rains nourished the 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.

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