Petit Verdot, even in the small quantities present in this
wine, exudes its signature textural density and floral nose
of purple and blue flowers that complement Cabernet's
macerated red and blue fruit so well. Cassis, graphite and
crushed rock follow through on the palate, with a vibrant,
cherry cola tone that rings in the finish. The fruit for this wine was harvested from predominantly young vines, and their youthful energy resonates on the palate. It is medium in weight with a supple, juicy core of blackberries that is lifted by hints of red licorice and spice. There is an expansiveness on the finish as the tannins coat the palate. The tannins themselves are very dusty, like a
cherry-flavored talcum powder.
This wine is incredibly expressive right now, with a wonderful balance of aroma, flavor and structure. As such, I recommend drinking this wine upon release and
for the next 3-5 years. That said, an additional 10-15
years of cellaring will reward those who enjoy watching
the darker, youthful flavors evolve into tobacco leaf and
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 "White Label" red wines include the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which is a beauty. An elegant, Pauillac-style wine with notes of chocolate, cedar wood, fruitcake, unsmoked cigar tobacco and underbrush, it is dense, full-bodied and rich. It is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot aged 19 months in 75% new French oak. There are 2,705 cases of this wine, which finished at 14.7% natural alcohol. It should drink well for 20-25 years, but there's no reason to defer your gratification.