The 2014 Croze Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an opulent wine of great depth and elegance. It displays a dark, violet color and aromas of black currant. The palate offers a mouth-coating texture and a wonderful progression of flavors from berry fruit to tobacco to dark chocolate, culminating in an extraordinarily long finish reminiscent of chocolate covered graham cracker with hints of vanilla and toasted oak.
- Alcohol by Volume: 14.3%
- Appellation: Oakville, Napa Valley
- Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage: 2014
This site made history as part of the core of Groth’s incredible 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon, the first American wine that garnered a perfect 100-point score from Robert Parker, Jr. Considered a “platinum-rated” vineyard for its highly desirable combination of climate and soil type, Money Road Ranch sits on a deep soil layered with loam and gravel. It’s a highly unique microclimate here, with a 30 degree swing in temperatures between day and night, a record for Oakville. The resulting fruit is well-endowed with plump fruit and mouthwatering acidity.
- Production: 750 cases
- Drink: Now-30 yrs
- Winemaker Daniel Benton’s emphasis on balance and elegance is showcased in this lovely, Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. Its Bordeaux heritage is evident in the finesse and finish. While imminently drinkable now, it has the structure to be aged for as long as you can stand to wait.
Côte de Boeuf (Standing Rib Roast) Courtesy of Williams Sonoma
This is a fantastic recipe to slowly cook on the grill to enjoy the dog days of summer. Rustic powerful reds will compliment the flavors of this dish of this mouth watering dish.
- 90 Points Wine Enthusiast
- 90 Points James Suckling
- Allvino Review By Dan Ceresia (thelittlewineguy)- 93pts
The 2014 Croze Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is a true example of what happens when a small family winery controls all aspects of their end product. This current release was farmed, hand harvested, fermented and aged in barrel for 24 months. There is no chemical manipulation in this wine just mother nature and maybe a little sweat. Upon open the aromatics were a bit restrained and unreleased, but after 10 mins there was an ever changing stream of scents and flavors. Ripe red fruits and vanilla showed up first, after resting plumb, blackberry, fennel, and notes of caramel and nutmeg were specifically noticeable. Of all the Oakville wines I have tasted this bottle continues to be one of my favorites because of the relationship of bold fruit to mouth watering acidity to dusty textured tannins.