Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap 2014 | ‘Exclusive – will sell out fast!’
Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap 2014 is Opaque purple to the rim. While showing lavish aromas of blackberry and mountain blueberry, with hints of graphite and spring flowers. Also, big, broad, and ultra-ripe on the approach, packed with crushed blackberry and cassis preserves. Yet, despite the massive concentration, the wine is every bit as elegant as you would expect from a Nichols offering. Finally, finishing with classic, supple, Stags Leap tannins. Approachable now, thanks to the opulence and openness of the ‘14 vintage. Most of all exuding the stuffing to develop gracefully in the bottle over the course of the next 10-15 years.
Age-worthy Stags Leap Cabernet
If you’re familiar with Britt’s resume, you’ll understand why the chance to make wine with blue-chip Stags Leap fruit presents such an extraordinary possibility. So, her deft touch with Cabernet comes from time spent at Jordan Winery. And under the tutelage of Napa Valley legends Nicolas Morlet and Philippe Melka. Like those of her mentors, Britt’s Cabernets are deep in color, rich, and intensely concentrated. And unlike all too many Napa Valley Cabernets, they are very classy wines displaying sleekness, and polish.
Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap 2014 hails from the first winegrowing region to receive designated appellation status in Napa Valley — the Stags Leap District. Hence has led the way in Northern California since Warren Winiarski’s 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon outpointed Bordeaux First Growths Mouton-Rothschild and Haut-Brion in the 1976 “Judgment of Paris.” Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap 2014 winemaking style and terroir are in perfect harmony. While yielding one of those wines that reminds you why the French were so thoroughly embarrassed at “The Judgment of Paris.”
Wine Spectator’s Dream Vintage
In Wine Spectator’s “dream vintage” Britt Nichols sourced pristine fruit from a blue-chip vineyard directly next door to Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Yet, her bottling is priced at a fraction of what those wines will set you back. How? At one of the district’s greatest sites — the fruit was impeccable. When the winery’s management decided to trim production by 7%, a few calls were made, one to Britt. The young winemaker pounced on the opportunity.
As a result, Nichols isn’t the only lucky one. So, now that she’s paying it forward to Wine Access. $120 on release. Just $29 today for a Cabernet that balances power and elegance, muscle and delicacy. Most of all, so characteristic of Nichols’ wines and is also the hallmark of Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon.