2014 Amici Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


James Suckling


Winemaking Notes

Release Notes:

2014 was an excellent vintage for Napa winemaking, the third consecutive such vintage, following the stunning successes of both 2012 and 2013. Despite a regional drought, significant rains in February and March gave the vineyards a healthy soaking, and set up the vines for early budbreak. A mild spring and “perfect” summer temperatures brought grapes to optimum ripeness before an early harvest. The resulting wines show intense aromatics and complex fruit character

This wine is inky black in color with heady, complex aromatics including currant, brambleberry, pomegranate, toasted vanilla, caramelized sugar, maduro tobacco, dark chocolate, baking and exotic spices. Densely structured on the palate, the wine shows intense viscosity and rich fruit, chocolate, and licorice flavors from its full mid-palate to its long, brooding finish.

February 2021 Notes: 

“Great! Silky, sweet and balanced. Dense and rich. WOW!!”

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Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Fermentation & Aging
95% stainless steel, 5% barrel fermented. Aged 20 months in 85% new French oak barrels



James Suckling

“This is very structured and lifted with lovely aromas of flowers, dark berries and chocolate. Full body and firm and velvety tannins. Delicious on the finish. Just a hint of dryness keeps it all exciting. Drink or hold.”


Wine Advocate

“As for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, this is a textbook Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with an opaque ruby/purple color, notes of pen ink, lead pencil shavings, underbrush, blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, subtle background spice and oak. It is medium to full-bodied and offers low acidity and velvety tannin. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.”


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