The 2014 Carte Blanche Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon showcases Oakville’s Missouri Hopper Vineyard owned by Andy Beckstoffer. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reveals the delicate balance of ripe dark fruits, plush velvety tannins, savory notes, structure and minerality. Ballard vineyard’s 6% Petite Verdot provides a brooding base note, depth and nuance. A hint of Cabernet Franc, 1% from Kuleto Vineyard, was the perfect touch to round out this stunning wine.
With each harvest, we will blend the finest fruit from each block utilizing our Bordeaux varietals to complete our signature Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose reveals red and dark fruits, red currants, blackberry, with background elements of carnation, cassis, and clove. On the palate, ultra-silky and firm tannins showcase sweet violet, red currant, fresh picked blackberry, cassis and cassis bud, underpinned by savory notes of stone and aged tobacco. Enjoyable now with air and built for cellar aging. 400 cases produced. Vinous, Antonio Galloni – 95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 95+ Points