2014 SADDLEBACK CELLARS OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

$75.00

As a crow flies Saddleback is pretty much located behind OPUS ONE where the unique soils composed of pleasanton and Bale loam with spots of silt and gravel produce Cabernet fruit of regal qualities.  At under $100 this classic Oakville Cabernet will make a whole lot of friends, and it ranks among one of the best values in Oakville.

Nils Venge was the first American winemaker to earn a perfect 100 POINT score from Robert Parker when he crafted the 1985 Groth Reserve Cab, and wine lovers have a lot to be excited about in each successive vintage.  His Oakville Cabernet is crafted in a deep, showy style, offering layer after layer of dense black fruits, exotic chocolates, white flowers and hints of graphite.  Kept for 24 months in oak barrels this beauty has had around 3 full years of bottle development and it’s stunning right now.  I highly recommend adding some of this to your cellar.

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2014 SADDLEBACK CELLARS OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

CaliHiWines Re-Visited Tasting Notes, “Chocolate. Unbelievable amounts of dark chocolate and milk chocolate.  If you were to take the biggest ripest black cherry, and then dip that in melted Dark Chocolate, and then dip it again in Milk Chocolate, dust it with some Mocha Powder, and sprinkle in some Vanilla… that’s just the first sip of 2014 Saddleback Oakville Cabernet.  Beyond Legendary, this Oakville Cab is just phenomenal. Dense medium garnet-purple in the glass (inky purple), boasting rustic aromas of red cherries, cigar box nuances, and pipe tobacco reinforce the wine’s rich approach. Super-Rich Layers of flavors include ripened country-roadside blackberries and bright cherries, hints of rose petals, tons of chocolate, and are slightly softened by a finish of vanilla and sweet spice from nicely balanced tannins…Gripping structure with sweet tobacco… Nils built this to age, but it’s so good right now, I can’t resist. It finishes very long about 55-seconds (I counted and timed it), with multilayered intensity, greatly balanced acidity, and loads of Rich Fruit. You won’t find a better Oakville Napa Cab better than this EVER at this price. Nearly Sold-Out… throw 3-cases of this one in your Cellar. Enjoy Life one sip at a time… and Keep Those Glasses Full with the Best Juice.” Ed Stephanick 100 POINTS

 

If you’ve driven down Highway 29 in Napa Valley, chances are the architecturally stunning icon OPUS ONE Winery caught your eye as your passed through Oakville, and maybe you even stopped at the boutique Oakville Grocery, located just South of the winery gate and at the corner of Oakville Crossroads.  If you continued East down Oakville Crossroads towards Silver Oak, you’ll come across a quaint country path called Money Lane, that leads you directly to Saddleback Cellars.

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