Ratings & Tasting notes:
Despite the very small production, in April of 2018 this wine was rated the #1 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wine among Vivino’s 29,000,000 users.
98 pts. The Wine Guys: “2014 | Cabernet Sauvignon | Hats off to hungry.md for putting this small producer on our radar, because this inaugural vintage of this wine is absolutely a killer. Notes of pencil shavings, tobacco, blackberries, blueberries, black cherries, black currant, oak, savory herbs, and blue florals. Great expression of fruit on the palate, it’s warm and nuanced, and shows incredible finesse. It’s expressive, but restrained, silky smooth and delicate. Lovely acidity clean minerality, and fine grained tannins, this is an extremely polished and structured wine, and one of the best we’ve had this year. Only needs about half an hour of decant, and it truly blooms which is an absolutely plus. Enjoy now over the next 7-8 years.”
93 pts. James Suckling “A solid Napa cab that bridges the old-school style with the traditional. Lots of fruit and tannins, yet it shows tension and focus at the finish. Full body with a currant, berry and fresh-herb character. Start drinking from 2020.”
94 pts – Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, Curitiba: “The 2014 Frank Fredericks Estate is dark purple in color, the rim is dark ruby reflective. It has dense, dark intensity, is unfiltered, clear and bright. On the nose, it is complex, aromatic and intense, with black fruit notes such as plum and cassis, licorice, rocky minerality, earth, cedar, violets, leather, a touch of balsamic and spices such as black pepper, anise and bitter chocolate with olfactory persistence. On the palate it’s powerful, full bodied, high balance, soft tannins, very complex, high intensity and persistence. This is a wine of limited production with 27 months in French oak. striking in nuances, structure, power and elegance. A young wine with great potential for evolution. Maturity 2020-2030” –
From the winery: “2014 is our first public vintage offering. A gorgeous growing season despite the drought and earthquake. Stable temperatures and humidity all summer long. Not once were any surprises or extremes encountered. Such steady conditions and warm summer nights led to an early harvest this year. Hand harvested at night to optimize acidity profile, the fruit produced was tight and concentrated. Deep color, vivid aromatics and bright fruit character. Aged in new French Oak for 27 months.Wine color is deep, inky, opaque purple. Distinctive blue fruit aromatics in addition to cedar wood and violets. On the palate, noble tannins are velvety smooth and acidity well balanced. Diverse black fruit flavors prevail with subtle, pleasant minerality followed by a minute long finish.”
Cult Wines Intl. Notes: “This is one of the best Napa wines we’ve ever tried. Only 600 bottles were produced and it comes with a gorgeous leather gift box as shown.This Cabernet Sauvignon has intense, complex aromatics, soft chewy tannins and a minute+ long finish. It is very fruit forward and ripe. An exquisite wine. We are lucky to have a few on hand to sell. Try and you won’t be disappointed!”
Purchased direct from the winery and stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.