2014 Hall "Rainin Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1351442 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

 From a site on Diamond Mountain, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Rainin Vineyard is as black and inky as it gets, yet offers profound elegance and purity. Cassis, blueberries, liquid rock, graphite, scorched earth and white flower notes all flow to a massive Cabernet Sauvignon that stays balanced, pure, silky and elegant, with building tannin. This beauty is off the charts, and unquestionably one of the greats of the vintage.  (12/2017)

98 points Wine Enthusiast

 From the iconic site atop the mighty mountain appellation, Rainin is exotic in forest, soy and sage notes, with a powerful and densely layered tannin structure. Black pepper, plum and leather are made all the more complex by a tease of rocky ash that gives the wine a distinct mineral character and earthiness. This is one for cellaring. Enjoy 2024–2034. *Cellar Selection* (VB)  (2/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Rainin Vineyard has a beguiling nose of menthol, lilacs, chocolate box and lavender over a core of blueberry compote, blackberry preserves and smoked meat, plus wafts of bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Big, rich, concentrated and with seriously intense perfumed fruit in the mouth, it has a firm, seamless structure of grainy tannins and lively acidity, finishing with epically long-lasting savory and spice notions. (LPB) 97+  (10/2017)

95 points Vinous

 Hall's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Rainin Vineyard, from a site on Diamond Mountain, is stellar. Graphite, smoke, new leather, gravel, blackberry jam and dark spice are some of the many notes that meld together. A large, powerful Cabernet, the Rainin also possesses quite a bit of detail, especially for a wine of its size. The potent mountain tannins need time to soften. Even so, this is a superb wine. (AG) 95+  (3/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Pure and fleshy, even a touch soft, but full of flavor, with easy-to-enjoy notes of plum, blackberry and anise. Ends long and clean, with a little more traction and backbone. Drink now through 2030. (JL)  (11/2017)

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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.