Father’s Day Edition, 2014 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Patzimaro Vineyard, 95 Points
By Michael Cervin
Cabernet Sauvignon may be a dime a dozen, but a handful of exceptional Cabernets taste like a million bucks. This is one of them. Though Duckhorn might be better known for their steadfast devotion to Merlot they have always produced Cabernet as well. Their Patzimaro Vineyard, located at the base of Spring Mountain in Napa near St. Helena, takes full advantage of its diurnal swings to achieve amazing fruit. Comprising Cabernet Sauvignon with just 4% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc added in and then aged for 18 months in only French oak, this is wonderfully lush, silky and seductive. It is that tactile, visceral experience we all long for in a wine. This Cabernet offers blackberry, fresh wild herbs, raspberry compote, blueberry, cedar, sage and back notes of wild foothills fennel seed, Mission olive oil, cracked pepper, and hints of fresh tobacco leaves. This is an incredibly seamless wine with enough acidity and tannic structure to ensure its success with any wine lover. Beyond that, it is simply sheer pleasure to drink.
Score: 95 Points
What Can I Pair It With? Grilled Filet Mignon with herb butter; Penne boscaiola; Roasted duck with gin-soaked juniper berries.
What’s its SRP? $98