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94 to 96 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate for the 2014 vintage! The review: "Checking in as a rough blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and a splash of Petit Verdot, the inky coloured 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon offers classic Cabernet notes of black currants, lead pencil shavings, tobacco leaf and damp earth. Beautifully layered on the palate, with full-bodied richness, solid mid-palate depth and a touch of graphite on the finish, this is a sensational Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon that will have 20-25 years of longevity."
The Cabernet Sauvignon always contains two vital parts – Phinny Hill and Sagemoor Vineyards. They are like chocolate and peanut butter together. However, as in 2013, we found that we liked adding a bit of estate fruit to the mix. Like chocolate and peanut butter, but with a pour of 1963 Quinta do Noval Nacional. Drink more Port people! The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is about 55% Phinny Hill, 25% Sagemoor and 15% Octave Estate Vineyard. Each vineyard contributes vitally to the final blend. Phinny is backbone and elegance, Sagemoor is all about power and complexity and Octave is the closer. Always be closing… The varietal composition of the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon also puts us on a different path this year. Traditionally, the wine combines Cabernet with a bit of Merlot and Petit Verdot. But in 2014, Merlot took its ball and went home. We felt Cabernet Franc fit better in the blend, adding freshness and life to the final blend. Of course, Petit Verdot always hangs out for a while.
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