The Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon was the third appellation wine to be introduced in our Cabernet series of very small bottlings dedicated to the benchland sub-appellations of Napa Valley. This bottling marks the eighth vintage of the Oakville Cabernet and celebrates Etude’s long-term relationship with one of the most highly regarded winegrowers in Napa Valley.
"I love the nose here with blackberry, blueberry and lavender. Some violet, too. Full body, linear and so beautiful. Licorice. Oyster shell. A precision and grace that you will like. Drink now or hold." - James Suckling, December 2017
The 2014 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is one of remarkable depth and complexity. Exhibiting intense black cherry, black plum and black currant fruit notes, supported by hints of graphite, black licorice and violets. This Cabernet is exceptionally concentrated and balanced with particularly integrated tannins and a smooth, lengthy finish. It will continue to open up and evolve into an outstanding wine over the next several decades, if you can keep your hands off it for that long.
Despite drought conditions, the 2014 vintage proved to be ideal, with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012 and 2013. The winter was one of the driest on record in California, but substantial rains in early spring were timely and set up the vines for a strong start. Summer temperatures were milder than expected with no extremes, and after early budbreak and veraison, harvest was unusually early in 2014.
Grapes were sourced exclusively from Block Six of the Vine Hill Ranch, originally planted in 1992 to Clone 7, nestled along the hills of the Mayacamas Mountain Range at the south end of the Oakville AVA. The Phillips family has carefully managed this alluvial benchland vineyard with cobbly soils for three generations, home to some of the most expressive and concentrated Cabernet grapes in the Napa Valley. Michael Wolf, who has watched over Vine Hill for nearly two decades, makes certain the vineyard is healthy and offering its ultimate expression for Cabernet Sauvignon.
Etude’s philosophy remains steadfast and this Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted with very minimal winemaking intervention. The grapes were cold soaked for 3-5 days and an extended maceration period followed fermentation to help modify the depth and mouthfeel of the wine, and to fully extract color, flavor and aromatics. The young wine was then racked into small French oak barrels where it aged for 22 months.
For more than a decade Jon has fashioned Etude wines with a simple creed. Inspired winegrowing diminishes the need for a winemaker to intervene in the cellar. Whether sourcing from the estate Grace Benoist Ranch in Sonoma's Los Carneros, or vineyards like Fiddlestix and North Canyon in famed growing regions of California's Central Coast, his focus is on coaxing the very best from the vineyard. It shows in every glass of Etude.
|Oak Treatment||Aged in French oak barrels (80% new) for 22 months|
|Blend||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Case Production||212 Cases|