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Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association

2014 Tasting Notes

Baldacci Family Vineyards

2014 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Rolando Herrera Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 20 Months in 100% French Oak; 50% New Tasting Profile: This wine is powerful, with hints of dark berry and dark chocolate-wrapped raisins jumping out of the glass. A hint of truffle permeates throughout the glass that gives a nice note next to the sweetness that this wine imparts in the mid-palate. It finishes with mouth-watering beauty and elegance that will make you come back for more. Made to drink now, this wine will age beautifully for 15-20 years.
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Chimney Rock Winery

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ganymede Vineyard

Winemaker: Elizabeth Vianna Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in French oak; 100% new Tasting Profile: The 2014 Ganymede Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is vibrant with notes of blackberry, black cherry, clove, and vanilla. It is highlighted with hints of violet and mocha creating a seductively complex aromatic profile. This age-worthy Cabernet is full bodied with a rich mid-palate and lush tannins resolving into a long and silky finish.
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Cliff Lede Vineyards

2014 Scarlet Love, Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Christopher Tynan Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in French oak; 83% new Tasting Profile: Scarlet Love shows off the depth and quality of the terroir in this little section of Stags Leap District. Aromas of Luxardo cherry, blackberry and black licorice soar from glass. Beautifully integrated and expressive, a complex bouquet with layers of crushed rock minerality, dark chocolate, and ripe fig. The cashmere-like tannins caress the palate and linger for a long epic finish.
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Clos Du Val

2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Hirondelle Vineyard

Winemaker: Ted Henry Blend: 100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 60% new French Oak Tasting Profile: Enticing aromas of clove, blueberry pie and just a hint of menthol lead way to complex red fruit flavors with bright acidity. The wine showcases toasted oak and fine tannins with a long, lingering finish.
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Ilsley Vineyards

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Heather Pyle Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in French Oak; 60% new Tasting Profile: Inky in color, the 2014 brings the power of hillside fruit and the cheerful manner of Stags Leap District together with ripe raspberry, plum and allspice with a touch of leather and vanilla. Big and rich on entry, this wine has structure and acidity for many, many years of aging.
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Lindstrom Wines

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Celia Welch Blend: 100 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 19 months in French oak; 60% new Tasting Profile: This Stags Leap District wine shows its heritage in the pronounced dark cherry and mocha notes which dominate both the aromas and the entry, as well as signature soft tannins. The flavor intensity, the concentration in the mid-palate, and the duration of the finish all hint at the rocky soils upon which these vines are grown. The wine shows sweet cherries and blueberries at the finish.
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Malk Family Vineyards

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Robbie Meyer Blend: 100% Cabernet Barrel Age and Type: 22 months in French oak; 70% new Tasting Profile: The 2014 Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon expresses beautiful aromas of ripe plum, fresh fig, and black currents. Hints of mocha and allspice highlight the mineral notes of graphite and gravel. The entry and mouthfeel on the 2014 is exceptionally smooth and luscious, but in the classic Stags Leap style, maintains a wonderful tannin structure that makes it an excellent food wine as well as cellar worthy.
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Odette Estate Winery

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Jeff Owens Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in French oak; 75% new Tasting Profile: The 2014 reveals the unique characteristics and terroir of Odette’s vineyard within the AVA. Aromatics fly out the glass and flavors linger on the palate with notes of black cherries, ripe raspberries, black currant, violets and crushed rocks interwoven into a full-bodied and expressive Cabernet. Vibrant acidity adds freshness and compliments the purity of fruit, leading to the long finish.
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Pine Ridge Vineyards

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Winemaker Beaulac Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 24 months in 100% French oak Tasting Profile: The ruby/black color of this wine tells you it is pure Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of floral sweet pea, sun-ripened plums, sweet oak, mushroom, and wet earth leap from the glass. The bold, rich, mouth-filling flavors of blackberry, black licorice, espresso, and cocoa powder combine with juicy acidity, tobacco, and tea tannins. Enjoy this well-structured, complex and layered wine with a silky, lingering finish for years to come.
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Quixote Winery

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Quixote Winery Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 24 months in 100% French oak Tasting Profile: Plum, cherry, tobacco, vanilla, India ink, milk chocolate, blackberry, blueberry, wet rock, brown sugar, dried porcini, violet, fat rich attack, of layered cherry and blackberry, supple tannins throughout the mid-palate. Bright balanced acidity refreshes the palate leading to a black cherry, plum, violet and black licorice in a long finish. Very youthful, a wine that will provide pleasure for many years.
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Regusci Winery

2014 'The Elders' Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Bertus van Zyl Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in American Oak Tasting Profile: Great complexity with layers of dark, macerated Luxardo cherries, dark chocolate ganache, pencil shaving and bbq spice rub. The bold tannins are very approachable and well defined with great integration, showcasing great density and a firm yet smooth finish.
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Shafer Vineyards

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five

Winemaker: Elias Fernandez Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in French oak (Allier and Vosges); 100% new Tasting Profile: From the moment you pull the cork on this vintage, rich, tantalizing aromas fill the air with blackberry, black licorice, spice, rose petal, and cinnamon, leading to a lush, full-bodied wine offering juicy flavors of black and red plum, summer berries, pie crust, baked rhubarb, cinnamon, and warm briar jam in a seamless package of ripe, welcoming tannins and a long, vibrant finish.
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Silverado Vineyards

2014 SOLO, Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Jon Emmerich Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Silverado-Disney Heritage Clone Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in French oak; Average 22 days of maceration Tasting Profile: Smooth and elegant, the 2014 SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon offers bold aromas of cherry and raspberry that carry over onto the palate. Sweet black fruit flavors with a layer of lightly toasted oak and cola. This is a full bodied Cabernet with an exquisite core of lush flavor.
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

2014 Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Marcus Notaro Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 21 months in French oak; 90% new Tasting Profile: The 2014 FAY Cabernet Sauvignon has a fragrant nose of ripe blackberry and raspberry along with notes of sweet fig, cinnamon and violet. The palate is elegant with silky tannins and a core of rich fruit with a hint of crème brulee. The wine finishes with a lingering berry pie character.
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Stags' Leap Winery

2014 The Leap Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Christophe Paubert Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in French oak; 50% new Tasting Profile: Elegant and refined, the 2014 The Leap is fruit driven with concentrated flavors of blackberry, black cherry and cassis. The fruit intensity is dense but remains fresh throughout the long finish. Though satisfyingly evolved in its youth, this standout vintage showcases impactful, fine tannins telling of its longevity.
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Steltzner Vineyards

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Robert Pepi Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 100% French Oak Tasting Profile: With deep dark color and inviting aromas of violet and red fruits, this wine is classic Stags Leap District in structure. Dark cherry, blackberry with crushed slate can be found in the mid palate, with silky suede tannins and a long finish enhanced with beautiful notes of cardamom and tobacco.
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Taylor Family Vineyards

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Winemaker: Gustavo Brambilia Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 30 months in French oak; 100% new Tasting Profile: Taylor Family Vineyards’ Reserve Cabernet is a stunning expression of the Estate in the Stags Leap District. This wine delivers an inviting bouquet with notes of blackberry and cassis with hints of cocoa powder, sweet leaf tobacco, violet and graphite. The wine is rich with nice structure, smooth balance and polished tannins. Enjoy now or as it evolves over the next two decades.
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