Riverain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – Oakville (2014)

A Cabernet from winemaker of the year in 2014



Wine – Red

Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

WINEMAKER: Thomas Rivers Brown
VINEYARD: Tench in eastern Oakville (adjacent to Screaming Eagle and Rudd)

Dense, dark and brooding, this really showed well after a four hour decant. The fruit profile is much like the 2012, only deeper. Blackberry, black cherry and a bit of charcoal, the fruit acid and tannin are already pushing hard against the oak. It is the finish where the wine really shines. Eastern Oakville Cabernet always seems to keep its acid and that, combined with the tannin and deep structure, give the wine a very long finish that bodes well for aging. Classic TRB Oakville Cab signature. Elevage was 80% new French Oak barrells for 20 months.
330 total cases

Renowned wine critic Robert Parker was quite complimentary of or 2014 Cabernet, scoring it 94 points and noting:

Much more approachable, sexy and lush, as least for now, is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Tench Vineyard. The wine shows sweet tannin, a dense purple color, a fragrant nose of cedar wood, charcoal, blackcurrants and blackberry. I was rather amazed by its opulence and richness. My instincts suggest that for much of its life it is going to be a better wine than the 2013. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. 94 points.

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