Wine Advocate - 96 Points
"Coming from a single vineyard on Mount Veeder, very close to the Sonoma County line, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Yates Vineyard has an inky black purple color and youthfully reticent nose of red and black currants, blackberries and mulberries with hints of cigar boxes, pencil lead, bay leaves, yeast extract and fertile loam. The medium to full-bodied palate is seriously intense and tightly wound with layers of earth, black and red fruit flavors plus a solid backbone of firm, ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with plenty of depth and expression. What a beauty!" - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
The 2014 Yates Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a densely colored and intensely flavored wine with the hallmark features of mountain fruit. Aromas of dark blackberry, wild berry patch and ripe plum are pronounced on the nose and ring true on the palate. The barrel notes of caramel toast add intrigue to the juicy fruit core. The hillside fruit is reflected in the intense flavor and significant yet ripe and well-integrated tannin structure. The wine is well-balanced with bright fruit, smooth tannins and good acidity.
This single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Yates Family Vineyard located in the Mount Veeder AVA of the Napa Valley. The Mount Veeder appellation is one of the most unique as it has one of the longest growing seasons but offers the lowest overall yields due to its mountainous nature. The Yates Family Vineyard is a 35-acre steep hillside vineyard planted by the Yates family in the early 1980’s. At an elevation of over 1,100 feet, the vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and produces rich, intensely flavored fruit.
2014 was a beautiful vintage for the Napa Valley along the lines of the recent outstanding vintages of 2012 and 2013. Although California’s continued drought brought another dry winter, the growing season started with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer temperatures remained mild and consistent with even, warm temperatures throughout. The overall quality and expressive fruit characteristics make this an outstanding vintage.
After being hand harvested and hand sorted upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were fermented on the skins for 12-15 days. The wine was then gently pressed, racked and aged for 19 months in 100% French oak (92% new). Winemaker Harry Hansen made just 12 barrels of this fine and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon.