2014 Buoncristiani Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
96 POINTS - "A stunner. Super-opaque purple in color, this cuvée is provocative and world-class. The finish goes on for 50+ seconds. This is a killer wine. " - Robert Parker, Jr., Dec. 2016.
This blend was handcrafted from small lots harvested exclusively from hillside vineyards in Howell Mountain and Coombsville, including Ink Grade, Stagecoach, Hossfeld and Richard Bennett Vineyards. These small batches were kept separate during fermentation, after pressing, and throughout the first year of aging in French oak barrels. During the second year of barrel aging, the components were blended in several phases creating optimum complexity while retaining balance, varietal character, and superior quality. This wine was aged in barrels for 20 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered in June of 2016.
Expect to find deep aromas of cassis, black cherry, incense, dark chocolate, caramelized oak, toffee, and the Buoncristiani signatures of balance, depth on the mid palate, and a lengthy persistent finish. Precise amounts of Malbec were carefully folded into the final blend to add complexity and depth to the profile. Twenty months aging in 85% new French oak barrels rounded out the palate even further, while adding more texture, aroma and flavor.