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WHITEHALL LANE CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 2014
NVWE Notes: True to its highly-touted vintage, this is a gorgeous Cabernet: immediately forthcoming and packed with focused sweet-natured fruit. The nose surges-out as a lovely melange of blueberry, black raspberry, dark boysenberry, sweet dark plum, sandalwood, dried herb and baking-spice scents. It proves plump, bright and delightfully supple on the palate, where tannin brings structural balance rather than coarseness. On the palate, sandalwood and star anise bring a gently woody contrast to the push of dark boysenberry, black raspberry, blueberry, fig and dried dark cherry fruits. The finish is silky, lingering and ideally food-balanced, with any tannic grip appearing as an afterthought. Despite its current attractiveness, it should continue to improve for several years. Blended with 4% Petite Verdot & 2% Malbec.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, saw 40% new French oak for 20 months prior to bottling. This is an outstanding wine – full-bodied, with sweet blackcurrant fruit, some graphite, licorice and savory allspice. It is round and juicy, with light tannin and low acidity. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.