Thursday, March 09, 2017

2014, already?

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to be able to do a comparative tasting of Cabernet Sauvignons from the Oakville AVA.  Four out of the six wines included in the tasting were from the 2014 vintage: the other 2 were 2013s.  What?  That's crazy!  I'm only just getting acquainted with the 2013 vintage, which, in my opinion, is a young vintage that needs to be laid down (and forgot about) for a quite a few years yet.
My favourite of the assemblage was a Plumpjack Winery, 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.  With 5% Petit Verdot thrown into the blend, this Cabernet was complex and layered. Surprisingly, a dizzying 15.6% alcohol content - winemaker Aaron Miller told me the fruit hung a little long that year - was not a problem.  This wine is so balanced, fruit forward (lots of cherry - red and black), well integrated oak and with a palate-pleasing acidity, that there was no telltale burn from the high alcohol.  Just loved it.
On the home front, today I started pruning for the 2017 vintage of Vinoland's Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon.  Tee, hee!

7 comments:

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

VG: Plumpjack has excellent wines indeed; reminds me of the Cade 2012 Cab. Res. I had.
Nothing on the others tasted?

Thud said...

commie wine!

Vinogirl said...

NHW: It's a case of; if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything. (Although the Rudd, 2014 Samantha's Cabernet Sauvignon, was pretty tasty.)

Thud: Ha, yes it is! Except the proletariat aren't buying much of this $120.00 wine!

Thud said...

That's cos the peasants are revolting.

Vinogirl said...


Thud: Are they rebelling, or really revolting? Tee, hee!

Thud said...

Really really revolting.

Vinogirl said...

Thud: You're a riot :)