Hall Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

$54.95

Kathryn and Craig Hall are making some of Napa Valley's best Cabernets in their state-of-the-art winery amid the legendary Sacrashe Vineyard in the hills of Rutherford.   Get the new vintage before it sells out. 94 Points Brix26:  "With its deep purple hue, the Hall 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon drives complex aromas of jammy blackberry puree, rich cassis, Asian Five-Spice and dark chocolate from the glass. The fleshy texture is both dense and opulent, the perfect platform for brawny black and briar fruit flavors that persist through the velvety, enduring finish. This wine will continue to gain complexity and grace for 10+ years." 91 Points Points Robert Parker:  "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc) represents the least expensive wine in the Hall portfolio at $55. The color is a saturated purple, and the wine rich, chewy and unctuously textured, with ripe tannin and a round, juicy mouthfeel. For a generic Napa, it has plenty of upside to it and will actually benefit from several more years of bottle age and keep for 15-20 years.. Hall has quickly become one of the great superstars in the Napa Valley firmament." ...This is a thrilling set of wines from Hall. The estate favors a rich, extroverted style, yet all of these wines have distinct personalities and tons of sheer character. Meticulous viticulture followed by native yeast fermentations, slow, natural malos and minimal rackings are at the heart of the approach at Hall. The wines are aged in French oak (mostly Taransaud, 40-90% new) and are bottled with no fining or filtration. Readers who appreciate the more opulent side of Napa Valley will find much to admire here. Simply put, I was blown away by what I tasted.  

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Ratings on Delectable

Stuart Scheff

Very berry burst and a touch tobacco and earthy tar.

Very berry burst and a touch tobacco and earthy tar.

9.1

Patrick Vallier

Great Cab. Full of flavor, big cab. Great!! Loved it

Great Cab. Full of flavor, big cab. Great!! Loved it

10

Christine Speidel

Has tannin and tons of dark jammy fruit. I’d like more acidity. Fine, but not to my taste.

Has tannin and tons of dark jammy fruit. I’d like more acidity. Fine, but not to my taste.

8.5

Mike R Delectable Pro

This is so good and thank you Shawn

This is so good and thank you Shawn

9.2

Debra Copeland

Big wine with fabulous company

Big wine with fabulous company

9.2

"Odedi" Delectable Pro

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix . This week it's a fabulous one from Napa Valley. Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim. Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, vanilla, licorice, cedar, light earth, leather, coke, tobacco leaf, vinaigrette, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, mocha and pencil lead. Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs. Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, light vegetables, herbs, chocolates, earth and peppercorn. Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries. This Napa Cabernet is very enjoyable. Good by itself or with food. A good sipping wine too. Fruit forward with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Will be better in 5 to 10 years as more complexity will be introduced. Delicious and yummy. 15.3% alcohol by volume. 93 points. $45.

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix . This week it's a fabulous one from Napa Valley. Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim. Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, vanilla, licorice, cedar, light earth, leather, coke, tobacco leaf, vinaigrette, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, mocha and pencil lead. Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs. Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, light vegetables, herbs, chocolates, earth and peppercorn. Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries. This Napa Cabernet is very enjoyable. Good by itself or with food. A good sipping wine too. Fruit forward with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Will be better in 5 to 10 years as more complexity will be introduced. Delicious and yummy. 15.3% alcohol by volume. 93 points. $45.

9.3

Matt Konopka

Big, Jammy.

Big, Jammy.

9.1

Meg Herring Delectable Pro

If you love big Napa cabs, here’s your jam. It has all the big flavors and tannin you want. I try to rate wines based on their quality, hence the score. However this is not my personal favorite style.

If you love big Napa cabs, here’s your jam. It has all the big flavors and tannin you want. I try to rate wines based on their quality, hence the score. However this is not my personal favorite style.

8.9

Stuart Scheff

Smooth berry bowl.

Smooth berry bowl.

9.1

Jeff Orlowski

Full body, moderate tannins, somewhat dry. Plums and black cherries on palate. Unremarkable finish. Good, not great.

Full body, moderate tannins, somewhat dry. Plums and black cherries on palate. Unremarkable finish. Good, not great.

8.5

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