Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 | Stunning Happy Canyon Cab | 95+ Points Vinous
95+VN | The Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is bold, pungent and bursting with fruit. Deep and unctuous in texture, but with considerable aromatic lift, the 2014 offers a terrific expression of Happy Canyon. Black cherry, blackberry, grilled herbs, menthol, sage, and licorice infuse the rich, inviting finish.
Winery | While showing more purity of blackberry and other dark fruits than the 2013, floral qualities in the aromas suggest a young, tight wine. With air and time, more and more complexity emerges from the glass. The volume of flavor from the aromatics is paired with a tense but elegant palate that is driven by freshness and structure more than weight and richness. The Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 finish is long and hints at a long life for this wine.
Dierberg | Star Lane Winery
In 1996, with forty years of winemaking experience, Jim and Mary Dierberg’s dream of producing wines worthy of their 250-year plan became a reality. After a long search through France and Napa, while learning the craft and making wine in the mid-west, they discovered the potential of Santa Barbara’s cool coastal valleys. The family planted two estates -first their namesake Dierberg Vineyard and later Drum Canyon Vineyard – both under their DIERBERG label. These estates, along with the family’s iconic warm climate site Star Lane Vineyard, culminating in a trio of peerless properties in Santa Barbara County.
Winemaker Tyler Thomas
Thomas is responsible for the day-to-day details of winemaking, from harvest to the final blending of the wines. He completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Botany at Colorado State Universit. In addition, receiving a masters in Viticulture and Enology at U.C. Davis.
Thomas has desired to produce wines of special character consistently and efficiently each vintage. My goal is to make wines that please by their compelling nature. That is you find yourself both hedonistically and intellectually compelled to go back to the wine over and over again. Many wines can draw your first glance, but I want one that can sustain your desire. Thomas believes that to do this we must cultivate not only vineyards and wine but people.
I believe the greatest wines are not made but discovered by quality oriented individuals. Many say that great wine starts in the vineyard and it does. But Tyler’s goal will be to distill what truly makes an impact to the governing components of why a wine tastes the way it tastes and focus on those things. These vineyards offer an incredible viticulture wonderland for continuing to discover the compelling nature of their terroirs.
|WBOTD||Just the Good Stuff|
|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||Highly Recommended 95+ Point Happy Canyon Cab from Winemaker Tyler Thomas | Will cellar for 2 decades|
|Why now?||Sold out at the winery – only $45|
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|Expert Ratings||95+ Vinous|
|What is it?||Central Coast Santa Barbara Happy Canyon Red Wine|
|What’s in it?||83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot 1% Malbec| ABV 14.0%|
|When to drink?||Now to 2032+|
|Pair with:||Pairs w/Finest Red Meat, Poultry, Cheese|
|Drink with:||Great Friends & Family | Impress your Wine Buddies|
|Occasion||Classy Meal or Get-Together|
|If you want to drink now...||Preferably wait until 2022 | Decant 60 minutes|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||4+|