2014 Cave Dog Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1351066

This is something really exciting. From Michael Havens, this 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc blend is a re-creation, of sorts, of Michael’s “Havens Borriquot.” Made from the same vineyard as the Borriquot, it has the same intense aromatics and spice box nature, with fresh gingerbread, Bing cherry and dry-cured olive aromatics. Soft and velvety on the palate, with the plush, cassis-driven Merlot fruit adding dimension to the delicately spiced Cabernet Franc. A rock-solid offering that should turn heads with its tension and balance. From the winemaker: "Cave Dog: There is no other, and this is it. From a unique site and my dedication to wines of balance and grace comes this most individual red wine. Great wine demands thoughtful decisions at every stage of the process, from planning a vineyard through bottling. Indigenous yeasts? Sure. Responsible farming practices? Absolutely. I spend lots of time contemplating the details, considering the conditions of the vintage, looking at best practices, and drawing upon decades of cellar experience to create wines with nuance, grace, fine texture, balanced structure, charming aromatics, and perfectly ripe - read: not overly ripe. Think Cheval Blanc, old-school Château Pavie, and Louis Martini’s best Special Selection bottlings: suave, deep and complex."

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Price: $54.99

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

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.
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.
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.