Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Grapes for Napa Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon were carefully selected from a
collection of prime Napa Valley vineyards, including Atlas Peak and Spring Mountain.
Winemaker Joe Shirley’s unprecedented commitment to sourcing fruit from the
best regions in Napa Valley results in a beautiful blend that captures the essence of
quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
The grapes are hand harvested in the cool morning. Upon arrival at the winery, the
fruit is hand-sorted, gently de-stemmed and lightly crushed. Following a 10 to 16-day
maceration period, a technique to maximize color and flavor extraction and polish
tannins for a rich, supple mouthfeel, the wine is transferred to French oak barrels to
undergo malolactic fermentation, integrating fruit and oak flavors. The wine is then
blended with complementary varieties resulting in a lush and savory wine.
Napa Cellars 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon showcases elegant and
concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and cassis with blueberry notes.
A lush core of ripe dark fruit, boysenberry, chocolate nibs, slight tobacco, spicy black
pepper, star anise and hints of toffee and mocha linger through the finish. This wine
is full-bodied with balanced acidity and well-integrated, supple tannins. Joe Shirley
recommends pairing this 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with port braised
beef short ribs topped with mint leaves.