AMICI 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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92 points James Suckling
The freshness to this is impressive with violets, stones, currants and rose leaves. Medium to full body and firm and silky tannins. Very beautiful for the money. (5/2017)
91 points Wine Enthusiast
Juicy and fresh red fruit meets an herbal woody component in this wine—a nod to its inclusion of 12% Cabernet Franc. Firm integrated tannins support the full-bodied frame of approachable richness and plush texture, working toward a seamless whole. (VB) (10/2017)
About the Wine: Combining the lush, ripe fruit of valley floor vineyards along with the structure and ageability of Napa Valley’s best mountain appellations, the 2014 Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine rich in dark fruits and earthy notes. It drinks beautifully now but will age gracefully for 5-10 years.
2014 Vintage: 2014 was an excellent vintage for Napa winemaking, the third consecutive such vintage, following the stunning successes of both 2012 and 2013. Despite a regional drought, significant rains in February and March gave the vineyards a healthy soaking, and set up the vines for early budbreak. A mild spring and “perfect” summer temperatures brought grapes to optimum ripeness before an early harvest. The resulting wines show intense aromatics and complex fruit character.
Winemaker Notes: A rich, opaque purple in color, this wine offers up aromas of ripe blackberry, black currant, pie spice and vanilla, revealing greater spice, tobacco and notes of bittersweet chocolate on the palate. Very well-balanced with a long, decadent finish.
Barrel Aging: Aged 22 months in 60% new French oak barrels
Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot and 2% Malbec