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Limited Allocation of 2014 Lewis Cellars "Reserve" Cab - 03/11/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Coming on the heels of their Wine Spectator “Wine Of The Year” award, Lewis Cellars has produced yet another blockbuster Cab that is guaranteed to attract many a fan. The just released 2014 Lewis Cellars "Reserve" Cab is precisely everything we hoped it would be offering a power-packed experience that will surely go down as one of the best of the 2014 vintage. Given Lewis’s broad range of successes over the years it’s easy to forget how small of an operation they really are. Being a family-run winery has allowed a hands-on approach that leaves no detail forgotten. Given how seamlessly this 2014 is, it’s readily apparent the high level of care and commitment that was taken at every step in the process. For those who love a thoughtfully made, no-holds barred style of Napa Cab, this “Reserve” offering is the perfect pick.

A crush of superlatives won’t come close to conveying just how big, bold, and bombastic this 2014 is. Amped up with dense dark fruited flavors of plum, cassis, and blackberry, it also displays notes of toasty oak, wild mushrooms, mocha, caramel, tobacco, and clove. Multi-layered and deeply complex it is incontrovertible proof just how good the 2014 vintage can be in the hands of a talented producer. Our allocation of this gem is modest and what we have never lasts long - don’t delay in securing your bottles.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc $37.99 View
2014 Lewis Cellars "Ethan's" Napa Valley Syrah $41.99 View
2015 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay 92 $49.99 View
2015 Lewis Cellars Russian River Valley Chardonnay 92 $49.99 View
2014 Lewis Cellars "Mason's" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92 $54.99 View
2014 Lewis Cellars "Alec's Blend" Napa Valley Red Blend $57.99 View
2015 Lewis Cellars "Barcaglia Lane" Russian River Valley Chardonnay 90 $64.99 View
2014 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Syrah 95 $69.99 View
2014 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Merlot $74.99 View
2014 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 $89.99 View
2014 Lewis Cellars "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 $159.99 View

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2015 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($37.99)

Randy Lewis's Lewis Cellars might be better known for their brawny reds, but they make a vibrant, tropical Sauvignon Blanc that shouldn't be overlooked. If you like your SB's plush with stone fruit and mango scents spiked with vanilla and that same fruit, with bright acidity and a creamy texture, you'll like this. The winery's note: "Soaring with super-ripe tropical fruit, hot-house blossoms and seductive spice, our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is showier than ever. Beaming with native acidity and sweet stone mineral the wine is pure satin in texture, finishing with lime skin and a touch of toasty oak."

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2014 Lewis Cellars "Ethan's" Napa Valley Syrah ($41.99)

Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Here is a case where we prefer the lesser priced of a pair, and, while this wine may once again be very ripe, it does a slightly better job at articulating the fruit and the spice of Syrah. It is no less full and weighty than its partner below, yet it takes a step back from the brink of being overly extravagant and, by a small margin, is more comfortably balanced in a way that allows its varietal voice to prevail over chocolaty ripeness. It sports a solid tannic spine but is never particularly tough, and, compared to its mate, it offers useful drinking with a wider range of savory, red meat dishes." (11/2016)

K&L Notes: Made from cooler-climate vines, this Lewis Cellars Syrah is a nod to the great Rhône wines it's modeled after. 100% Syrah crafted from small lots of Mt. Veeder and Pritchard Hill fruit, this wine is explosive in the mouth, with flavors of blackberries, smoke, toast and spice. Spectacular and rare!

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2015 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay ($49.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Builds intensity and nuance from a firm core, with the light spicy oak joining hands with rich fig, melon and peach notes. This is young and unevolved, so short-term cellaring will be a plus. Drink now through 2020. (JL)" (04/2017)

K&L Notes: In terms of dream careers, race car driver and winemaker are often at the top of the list—though not usually held by the same individual. Yet former Indy car driver Randy Lewis has managed to make a living out of both passions, settling in the Napa Valley, where he’s been at the wheel of his family winery since 1992. Lewis Cellars Chardonnays are expertly crafted by winemaker Josh Widaman (formerly of Pahlmeyer) to drive fans to this small family winery. The 2015 vintage saw an early yield for grapes thanks to a warm year, and the flavors in this wine are ripe and satisfying. According to the winery, "the wine centers around ripe Bosc pear and Fuji apple with delicious caramel custard, pie crust and hazelnut. Thickly textured and satiny smooth like Deux-Sevres butter, the richness and weight are buttressed with native acidity and subtle minerality bringing complexity and length to this delicious wine."

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2015 Lewis Cellars Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($49.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Intense yet refined, elegant and zesty, with a core of rich citrus, peach, pear and honeydew. Adds layers of smoky, toasty oak and tapers the flavors on the finish. Sails along gracefully, echoing the core elements. Drink now through 2020. (JL)" (04/2017)

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2014 Lewis Cellars "Mason's" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($54.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Young and chunky, this is one for the cellar, with the extracted currant, blackberry, cedary oak, crushed rock and gravel flavors making this compelling. Best from 2020 through 2030. (JL, Web-2017)"

90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Here is a full throttle Cabernet that holds nothing back, but even if fairly intemperate when it comes to pushy ripeness, it is long on deep and well-defined blackcurrant fruit and never quite steps over the lines of being too much. It is a big, mouthfilling effort that will never be accused of timidity, and, despite being a little too tannic and hot in the late-going, it does not lose its very sure varietal bearings. Age is a must, and a half-dozen years seems the minimum wait, but it has the muscle and fruity mass to keep going for a half-dozen more." (12/2016)

K&L Notes: Mason is the youngest of Dennis Lewis's three sons and this a wine befitting its outgoing 13-year-old namesake. No snails or puppy dog tails here though, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a low-yielding, west-facing hillside and it's loaded with running-through-the-forest briar fruit, spicy oak and a chocolate grin. The winemaker sums up the fun-loving personality of this year's Mason: "At 13 he's still the youngest brother, but big things come in small packages and this 2014 Mason's is full-on Napa Cabernet packed with juicy black plum and mature, chocolaty tannins. There's also plenty of Heath bar, cocoa powder and sweet oak spice to crank up the fun factor before things get too serious."

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2014 Lewis Cellars "Alec's Blend" Napa Valley Red Blend ($57.99)

Randy and Debbie Lewis established their small family winery in Napa back in 1992. Lewis Cellars makes some of K&L's favorite Napa wines--they're always delicious, polished and fundamentally drinkable. This is a powerful yet balanced blend of Syrah 60%, Merlot 34% and Cabernet 6%. The winemaker compares this year's cuvée to a first-year college student, saying, "Asserting his independence through explosively ripe blackberry and huckleberry fruits, there's also kirsch-like cherry cola, spicy oak, supple tannin and a trace of s'mores that's closer to home. Tremendously youthful and seriously good fun, Alec's Blend remains a kid at heart. "

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2015 Lewis Cellars "Barcaglia Lane" Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($64.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Centered on a rich core of spicy baked apple, with light oak, hints of wildflower and subtle herb shadings. The flavors linger pleasantly on the aftertaste. (JL)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: Sourcing fruit from a variety of great locations in Napa and Sonoma, Lewis (headed by race car driver turned vintner Randy Lewis) produces a number of consistently opulent and intense wines. Always a favorite with K&L's customers, their small production wines tend to sell out fast. The Barcaglia Lane fruit comes from a unique Dutton Ranch vineyard planted just for them and produces a very small amount of quintessentially Sonoma-styled Chardonnay.

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2014 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Syrah ($69.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Bold, polished and impeccably structured, with black raspberry and smoky mocha aromas and rich, complex flavors of blueberry, spiced cinnamon and licorice. Tannins ease in and frame the finish. Drink now through 2029" (11/2016)

Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Unbridled ripeness simply steals the scene here, and, if the wine is undeniably rich, it is far more directed by chocolate and sweet oak than by specific Syrah spice. It is quite full in body and fairly thick on the palate with palpable heat flaring up at the finish, but it still impresses with its strength and sheer volume. Forget about foods other than the heartiest fare, and save it for service with savory, well-seasoned stews or even strongly flavored, meal-ending cheeses." (11/2016)

K&L Notes: Randy and Debbie Lewis established their small family winery in Napa back in 1992. Lewis Cellars makes some of K&L's favorite Napa wines--they're always delicious, polished and fundamentally drinkable. The 2014 vintage of their Syrah has not yet been professionally rated, but past vintages consistently score well into the 90s.

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2014 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Merlot ($74.99)

Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* This fat and full-bodied Merlot shows the same emphatic imprint of ripeness that marks the two Lewis Syrahs in this issue, and, if not a wine much concerned with subtlety or nuance, it will win admirers of no-holds-barred richness. It deserves a good deal of credit for not abandoning its varietally true, black cherry fruit in the face of so much chocolate and sweet oak, and, even if a little too hot and more gruffly tannic than it needs to be, it is a wine of grand proportion and serious depth." (11/2016)

K&L Notes: A scant 175 cases of this voluptuous beauty were produced. Founder Randy Lewis came to Napa from a racing career, and winemaker Josh Widaman came to Lewis Cellars from Pahlmeyer. Expect a full-throttle Merlot. They've compared this bottling to Fats Domino's 1956 hit "Blueberry Hill," and with fleshy fruit, seductive spices and youthful verve, you'll find your thrill in this bottle, too.

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2014 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($89.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A creamy textured charmer, infused with mocha and dark berry flavors and offering density and complexity, this builds on tiers of jazzy oak, polished currant and blackberry. Ends with rounded tannins that let the flavors glide on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2030." (02/2017)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*Two Stars* While neither of the Lewis brace of Cabernets is the picture of restraint and both are beholden to near over-the-top ripeness, they nonetheless succeed on the strength of their fruity depth. This, the less pricey of the pair, is by small degrees the deeper and slightly less extravagant wine, and, if a bit hotter than we would like at the finish and showing the ragged edges of youth, it comes with more than enough sustained fruity extract to make us unquestioning believers in its future. Elegance may lie out of its reach regardless of how it is held, but it will find a measure of polish with age and gets our vote as a wine worth cellaring for six to eight years." (12/2016)

K&L Notes: This is one of K&L's favorite Napa producers, and these folks know their Cabernet. Lewis says that their 2014 is decked out "in a flashy jumpsuit with super plush fruit and sexy oak spices--Elvis is in the house! There's a whole lotta fruit going on, playing out in perfect pitch and velvety voice--it's irresistibly good. Classic, three-chord composition provides structure with notes of cedar, clove and sweet tobacco for added melody. Finely polished with chocolaty tannins, something like blue suede shoes."

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 06, 2016

Lewis Cabernet is made for fans of that full throttle California style! The 2014 doesnt disappoint. It is a big, rich and ripe wine that coats the palate with flavors of crushed blueberries, blackberries, coco and vanilla bean. The 2014 is surprisingly open for such an early age. If you like your wine with a little kick and a ton of fruit, you can enjoy this now with some decanting. Just make sure you fasten your seat belt!

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2014 Lewis Cellars "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($159.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A mix of harmony, finesse, seductive oak and rich fruit adds up to a delightful mouthful of Cabernet, from the initial aromas of creamy, mocha-scented oak to the structured currant, blackberry and licorice flavors. Ends with a return to the oak theme. (JL)" (05/2017)

K&L Notes: The 2014 Reserve Cabernet has radiant color and soaring aromas of blackberry, black truffle and cappuccino. The texture is fleshy and supple, and the flavors are rich and layered.