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2014 Cabernet at Nittany Epicurean

April 6, 2018

Nittany Epicurean takes a look:

Earlier this week, my ongoing series of discovery of some of the great wines of California brought us wines from some of my favorite wineries in the state. Today, the series will stay in Napa for another delicious cabernet from a winery for which I’ve developed quite an affinity:

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon grown, produced & bottled by Smith-Madrone (St. Helena, California).

This wine is mostly cabernet sauvignon (85%) blended with small amounts of cabernet franc (8%) and merlot (7%). The fruit – all estate grown – hails from Napa’s Spring Mountain District. Following fermentation, the wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (70% new). It comes in at 13.9% ABV.

The wine showed a dark ruby color. Blackberry, raspberry, vanilla and oak on a nose that showed initial restraint. Cherry cola, raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, plum, licorice, oak and hints of eucalyptus followed on a palate much more developed than the nose. The wine exhibited good structure and length, along with soft tannins. This wine would pair classically with a dry-aged prime rib.

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