Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014 | Powerful, Finessed & Concentrated
Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014 displays deep purple/dark ruby to the rim. Infused with intoxicating aromas of black raspberry, ripe currant, mocha, and violet flowers denoting slow and steady ripeness. While massively concentrated yet velour-like in texture, packed with blackberry and black cherry preserves. Yet oak is well integrated, acting as a conduit that allows the wine to breathe. Furthermore, high-toned, with sturdy tannins bracketing the savory, dense fruit core. Pepper and tobacco notes linger into the long, silky finish. Another brilliant offering from Winemaker Britt Nichols.
In her first releases from the 2012 vintage, and even more so with her stunning 2013s, Winemaker Britt Nichols quickly proved that the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. Now with her stunning Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014 Britt has eclipsed her prior releases and then some. Powerful, fresh, and incredibly finessed, the 2014 Reserve will have you reaching for a second bottle—and at $27.99, there’s no reason not to.
Fruit from two of Napa’s Greatest Wineries
Britt Nichols’ Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014 is one of the finest wines she’s ever made. Following its initial release, clients confirmed as much, doling out 220 combined 4- and 5-star ratings. So we weren’t surprised given the provenance of the deeply flavored, purple/black Cabernet Sauvignon that Britt used here. Most of all, the fruit was estate grown at two of Napa’s greatest wineries. Both of whose 2014s earned major accolades from Robert Parker.
Notably, the first estate pulled down over six ratings between 93-98 points. While the second released three Cabernets, all rated 92 or above. When tasted in a lineup of $75+ Cabernets, Britt’s 2014 is right at home. Rather boasting intoxicating aromas of black raspberry, ripe currant, mocha, and violet. While offering up blackberry and black cherry preserves laced with well-integrated oak on the palate. Suffice it to say, at $27.99 per bottle this wine massively over-delivers on price.
Winemaker Britt Nichols
Winemaker Britt Nichols has more pedigree than many winemakers twice her age, with time spent at Jordan Winery and alongside legends Nicolas Morlet and Philippe Melka. Like those of her mentors, Britt’s Cabernets are deep in color, rich, and intensely concentrated. Yet unlike all too many Napa Valley Cabernets, these are also wines of great class, sleekness, and polish.