• O'Shaughnessy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 94

    O'Shaughnessy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    94pts Antonion Galloni's Vinous

    93pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    A stunning example of what the Napa Valley can do, this O'Shaughnessy Napa Valley Cabernet is about ready to drink. Or, you can cellar it for another 10-15 years. Your call, winelovers.

    Pay attention winelovers, it's not often that you have an opportunity to partake of a wine such as this O'Shaughnessy Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Enough talking. Open your first bottle and stand back as the stupendous flavors make their entrance. A fitting partner for your first taste is a terrine of short rib meat slow-cooked with smoked paprika and garlic, served with tangy caper berries and thinly sliced crusty bread. That ought to be an appropriate introduction to the magnificent density and smoke in this Napa Cabernet. Moving on, the myriad of black fruit, creme de cassis, minerals, full body and world class weight and finish require serious meaty fare such as lamb, beef, game and steak. We hope you're hungry. If you're thinking ahead to the holidays, we can't conceive of a better wine for a showstopping standing rib roast with spinach-porcini stuffing and two mushroom sauce. Offer it with full glasses, a golden potato gratin and French beans with caramelized shallots on the side and watch as sheer delight commandeers the room. Bring out the fruit in this O'Shaughnessy with medallions of venison with port and cranberries. If a little less labor is your choice, we highly recommend an easy Provencal leg of lamb. Roast it with tomatoes, onions, rosemary, thyme and mustard and a little drizzle of honey while you have another glass of this Napa red. Offer the lamb with a creamy gorgonzola polenta and your guests might never leave. We think that the dark chocolate notes and lovely rich fruit warrant a foray into the dessert world. Bring on even more happy with a mile-high dark chocolate cake with espresso fudge buttercream, and of course, another bottle. Just one more thing: have the smelling salts on hand; there is great likelihood of swooning...

    Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
    "O'Shaughnessy's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is one of the very best values readers will find in top-notch Napa Valley Cabernet. A host of dark red cherry, plum, mocha, spice, leather and tobacco give the 2014 a good deal of aromatic complexity to balance the natural richness of the year. Unlike the single-vineyard Cabernets, the Napa Valley bottling will drink well pretty much upon release. This is an absolutely impeccable Cabernet Sauvignon from O'Shaughnessy and winemaker Sean Capiaux. Drink 2018-2026." Dec 2016

    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Her 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon comes 56% from her holdings on Mt. Veeder and 44% from the home vineyard on Howell Mountain. It is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. This is another beauty, with a deep blue/purple color and notes of blueberry, blackberry, licorice, charcoal and a touch of graphite. It is full-bodied, nicely layered, with velvety tannin and 2014's signature up-front, irresistible fruit, charm and overall balance, but without compromising intensity and length. Drink it over the next 15+ years (2016-2031)." Dec 2016

    Winery:
    "This Cabernet Sauvignon captures the essence of the year with its radiant fruit and bouquet of vanilla bean, baking spices, and fresh tobacco leaf. The flavors are bright and focused with gorgeous layers of confit plum, blackberry jam and hibiscus. This expansive Cabernet Sauvignon finishes with flavors of smoked cherry wood and smooth integrated tannins."

    Bottle:
    750ml, cork
    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
    Alcohol %:
    ~15.0%
    Region: Napa Valley