2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Hoffman Vineyard, Napa Valley, CA
What we love
The 2014 Vinum Cabernet is immediately familiar and comforting as only a classically-styled Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon can be. Here, powerful black plums, chocolate covered cherries, and fresh violets meet refined smoke and mocha from generous oak treatment, and its svelte body oozes juiciness to match the rippling tannins. Big Cabernets are best with red meat; it’s a natural with rib eye steak and filet mignon. It will also pair nicely with dark chocolate desserts, or better still, simply enjoy with close friends and good conversation.
About this Wine
99-percent of the wines here at POLLUX are designed to stretch your expectations for what a New World wine can be, matching the elegance, complexity and fineness of the best of Europe; but sometimes, we need to give the good fight a rest and also acknowledge that there are some wines that are so secure in their own identity as American, that they need no reference to the Old World.
In this day of constantly changing wine styles, it’s nice to have a reliable standard that is immune to passing trends, but nonetheless committed to the quality of Cabernet that first made the Napa Valley region famous. This is what Vinum's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is all about. Cheers!
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented in 100% French oak
Drink now through 2030
14.9% alc | 750 ml | DRY
Anyone who has ever been disappointed by a Napa Cabernet knows that a great example of these wines isn't just made by accident. Vinum's two partners Richard Bruno and Chris Condos both have UC Davis oenology degrees and have built their reputations as head winemakers and consulting enologists for an impressive list, including Pine Ridge, Niebaum-Coppola and Michael Pozzan in Napa.
Together as the team behind Vinum Cellars, they have been sourcing fruit from around California for over twenty years, making single parcel wines that are equally focused on value as much as quality.
The vineyard source for their Napa Cabernet is Jim Frediani in Calistoga at the northern end of Napa Valley. Jim is a third-generation vine grower, with a family history that goes back over a century to the Italian immigrants who first settled this part of the valley. If you ever stop by his ranch, he will tell you stories of planting his neighbor's vineyard, the now world-renowned Eisele Vineyard of Araujo, as a high school summer job.
Both Eisele and Frediani owe the quality of their fruit to the same deep, well drained gravel deposited eons ago by the Napa river, a similar soil to that found in the 1st growth vineyards of Bordeaux. You'll notice that Jim also is keenly aware of other bits of Napa's history too, his Cabernet is still mainly planted as traditional sprawling head trained vines, without any of the neat rows of wires that aid in the mechanization of other vineyards.
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