2014 Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1319904 90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Marked by an abiding sense of precise, well-extracted, blackcurrant fruit and decked out with a liberal dose of creamy, always complementary, sweet oak, this deeply-drawn offering impresses from the very first sniff and builds famously from there. It is full and carefully constructed with a fine spine of integral tannins and the kind of concentration, composition and balance that guarantees it will get better with time even while easy to like now, and it is a welcome reminder that very good Napa Valley Cabernet can be had without breaking the bank. *Good Value*  (12/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I looked at five barrel samples from Sequoia Grove. One of them, amazingly, was their 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which is their least expensive wine and not yet in bottle. This is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Good, delicious Cabernet, with plenty of mostly red and black fruits, some spice, not a great deal of complexity, but fleshy and mouth-filling, it should be drunk over the next decade. (RP)  (12/2016)

Vinous

 Tasted from barrel, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is soft, supple and fruity, all qualities that will make it easy to drink pretty much once it is released. Attractive scents of mocha, espresso and red plum wrap around the finish. (AG)  (12/2016)

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2017 | Send Email
​Now this is Napa Valley Cab! Instantly on the nose, whether blind tasting or not, you can tell that it's a Napa Valley Cabernet. ​While there is a subtle underlying herbaceous note, most likely due the splash of Cab Franc, classic aromatics of black cherry, currant, blackberry, sweet dried oak and mocha dominate the nose and palate. Matching the intense aromatics is a weighty yet silky mouthfeel that rounds out this classic yet inexpensive NV Cab.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2017 | Send Email
Elegant ruby/purple color with a nose full of raspberries, currant, and forest floor. The use of oak is so well integrated; you can smell a hint of vanilla, but it is very light. The fruit notes reflect on the palate, but are supported with a touch of tobacco and vibrant acidity. This is a bottle that will develop nicely.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2