Stature Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
This is an elegant and plush Stature Cabernet Sauvignon with firm, velvety tannins and an overall perfect balance. The 2014 Cabernet fruit from Alexander Valley and Knights Valley was so spectacular that Randy has decided to showcase it in this vintage of Stature.
94+ points, Robert M. Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate, Oct 2016
"The 2014 Stature, which is a Sonoma County (mostly Alexander Valley and Knights Valley) blend representing 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, is dense, concentrated and perfumed with notes of cedar wood, unsmoked cigar tobacco, lavender, blackberry and cassis. There’s also some vanilla from the oak. The wine is full-bodied and concentrated, with sweet tannin and adequate acidity. This wine should drink well for up to 20 or more years."
92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, Mar 2017
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Stature is made in a soft, voluptuous style that is sure to find many admirers. This is an especially plush style for Sonoma, with soft contours and plenty of forward fruit that add to the wine's immediacy. Sweet red cherry, rose petals, chalk, mint and white pepper add lift and brightness throughout.
Cold-soaked for 4 days and fermented for 16 days translates to concentrated flavor and color, added layers of complexity, and lush, voluptuous tannin development. After gentle pressing, the wine was racked directly into small French oak barrels (58% new) and aged for 19 months in thin-staved, heavily-toasted Chateau-style barrels adding rich, balanced oak accents, a rounded texture and a serious, lingering, integrated finish.
Much of Sonoma County’s reputation for outstanding Bordeaux-style varietals can be attributed to the stellar combination of rich complex fruit and tannins. The intense dark full berry tones and concentrated tannins of the Cabernet Sauvignon are coming from the mountains, hillsides and ridges of Alexander Valley and Knights Valley. The area is comprised of volcanic and rocky soil, being brick red in Alexander Valley and beige in Knights Valley along the slopes of Mount Saint Helena.