2014 Odette Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1312355 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine has terrific aromatics of graphite, spring flowers, and some blackberry and blueberry fruit. Full-bodied, elegant, but also substantial and long, this is super-impressive, rich wine can be approached now or cellared for 20 or more years. (RP)  (12/2016)

93 points Vinous

 Odette's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is dark, sensual and inviting. Black stone fruit, mocha, black cherry and spice are pushed forward. This is an especially ripe, fruity style for Stags Leap. It would be nice to see a little more character, but hopefully that will come with time. The significant presence of Merlot gives the 2014 its succulent, creamy personality. Although not especially complex, the 2014 is delicious. Odette is an intriguing estate. In 2012, the PlumpJack Group purchased the property and cellar from the Steltzner family. Since then, Odette has worked diligently to redevelop most of the vineyard holdings, but that also means that it will likely be some years before the full potential of this site can be realized. One of the unique aspects of Odette is the presence of a fair amount of blenders. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot are all planted here. (AG)  (10/2016)

92 points James Suckling

 Aromas of plums, berries, mushrooms and spices follow through to a full body, soft and round tannins and a savory finish. A juicy and soft-textured red. Screw cap. Drink in 2019.  (5/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Supple and harmonious, with a silky texture and pure currant and berry fruit flavors, shaded by anise, cedar and light floral scents that linger on the elegant finish. (JL)  (10/2017)

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.2