Hilary Goldschmidt 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Charming Creek, Oakville, Napa Valley
Named for Nick Goldschmidt's youngest daughter, this Cab has an amazing pedigree. Planted in 1980 Charming Creek vineyard, in the heart of Oakville was once sourced for an iconic proprietary blend. Robert Mondavi's vineyards are next door as are Nickel & Nickel vineyards. This is about as prime a location as it gets in Napa Valley. Good draining, gravelly Oakville soils lead to low yields and bold, expressive flavors. Leave it to Nick Goldschmidt to track down Cab of this quality. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine aged 20 months in 100% French oak barrels, 25% new. According to the Wine Spectator 2014 was a "Dream Vintage" in Napa and this 2014 shows aromas of blackberry and black cherry. On the palate cherry, black currant, and blackberry flavors, all elegantly framed in smoky oak and fine tannins. Nuances of spice and leather linger on the finish. A seriously good wine, but the price is entirely unheard of for a single vineyard Cab from Oakville. Don't miss it!