2014 Stice Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Recognizing the Stice Lane Vineyard as a site capable of producing Cabernet Sauvignon with classic Napa Valley character, the Rombauer family produced their first wine from this site with the 2004 vintage. They were so pleased with the quality of the fruit from the vineyard, they purchased the site a year later.

Vineyards

Stice Lane Vineyard in St. Helena was once a source for some of Beaulieu Vineyard’s top wines. A former river bed, the site’s gravel deposits provide ideal soils for growing concentrated, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. This single-vineyard designate is produced from the D Block, planted in the property’s southwest corner in 1995. The vineyard is Napa Green/Fish Friendly Farming certified.

Winegrowing

The 2014 vintage brought a perfect growing season with warm, dry conditions that allowed the fruit to develop full, concentrated flavors. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. All fruit was hand-picked and sorted in the vineyards.

Winemaking

The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. The wine was 100% barrel-fermented to provide a more textured palate and silky tannins. The wine was gently basket-pressed before being racked to French oak barrels for aging.

Tasting Notes

This deep purple-black wine enchants with aromas of cranberry, raspberry, pomegranate and sweet tobacco. The palate exhibits flavors of cassis and strawberries, along with molasses and a mineral character. Smooth tannins mark the long finish.

Reviews

91 Points – Wine Spectator – 2014 Stice Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Recipe Pairings

Our favorite Joy of Cooking recipes for this wine include:

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