2014 Pahlmeyer "Jayson" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Firm and well-structured, with a pleasing burst of blackberry and wild berry, plum and black cherry notes, tilting into a fruit-bowl medley of currant and raspberry flavors, with a long, sustained finish. Drink now through 2029. (JL)
Running towards the very ripe end of the Cabernet spectrum, and perhaps too far in that direction for some tastes, this ripe and rich wine picks up dark chocolate and caramelly bits for its sins, and, were it not for the underlying sweet fruit also on display, the wine might fall of its own weight for the rest of us. That said, we can think of all kinds of very good settings for this one and are comfortable recommending it for use with savory beef or lamb preparations.
With 5% Cabernet Franc in the blend, this wine is generous in sticky, sweetened tannin and expansive black fruit, the weight full bodied and robust. Made in a ripe, voluptuous style, it finishes in coconut shavings. (VB)