2014 Sinegal "Estate" St.Helena Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1287868 92-95 points Vinous

 A huge, full-throttle wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate wraps around the palate with serious density. A host of game, smoke, licorice and crushed rocks form the backdrop as this richly-textured, jammy Cabernet shows off its personality. Even with all of its intensity, the 2014 has retained a gorgeous sense of freshness. Hints of lavender and sage add the closing shades of nuance. The 2014 is big and extroverted, but appears to have a bit better balance and more complete sense of poise than the 2013. The old and the new come together at Sinegal Estate. David Sinegal purchased the former Wolf Vineyard and set out to get the most out of this historic property. Tony Biagi, formerly of Plumpjack, and currently the winemaker at Hourglass was brought on to make the wines. Biagi arrived in May 2013, so his first wines were a sort of trial by fire. Things get much more serious in 2014, as quality looks to have improved in a meaningful way. With an additional year under his belt, Biagi has turned out a set of glorious wines. The cooler vintage yielded Cabernets with more freshness and lower alcohols than 2013. The resulting wines are chiseled and sculpted, yet also possess superb energy throughout. Sinegal is located in a warm sector within St. Helena. Achieving richness and ripeness is never an issue here, but making complete wines of real pedigree is much more elusive. The 2014s certainly appear to be a step in that direction. (AG)  (10/2015)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The Classic 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon isn’t far behind the Reserve and offers lots of graphite, crème de cassis, black currants and charcoal characteristics. These flow to a beautifully concentrated, elegant, seamless Cabernet that has ripe, polished tannin and the charming, forward style of the vintage. It’s great today, but has another 15 years of longevity. (JD)  (7/2017)

89-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Looking at the barrel samples of the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignons, the estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is slightly lighter than its counterpart in 2013. Front-end loaded, as many wines in this vintage are, soft, round, juicy, and by no means wimpish, but rather charming and endearing, it should be drunk its first 10-15 years of life. This estate is the old Wolf property, a 12 acre vineyard in the heart of the St. Helena AVA. It is owned by David Sinegal, who is part of the successful Costco empire. The wines are very impressive, as one might expect with the assets behind a vineyard such as this. There are essentially three cuvées--one of Cabernet Franc, an estate Cabernet Sauvignon and then a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. (RP)  (12/2015)

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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.