Irony 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Small Lot Reserve, North Coast
It's hard to imagine winemakers who are more prolific and successful at turning out absolutely stunning value wines than the Indelicatos. As kids, brothers Jay and Chris Indelicato spent hot, dusty days helping their grandfather in the vineyards and growing up around grapes and winemaking 24/7. Now they are experienced vintners with access to a wide swath of quality fruit. For Irony Small Lot Reserve, they're pulling together individual lots of Cab from premier vineyards throughout the North Coast, providing a spectrum of characteristics and flavors. Grapes are sourced from Napa, Solano, Clear Lake, Lake and Sonoma counties each vinified separately and aged in French and American oak barrels. All lots are tasted blind and the most exceptional are chosen for the final outstanding, harmonious blend. The 2012 received a Platinum Medal and a score of 95 points in the Critics Challenge Wine Awards. 2014 is another outstanding vintage. Wine Enthusiast Magazine made it an Editors' Choice and scored it 91 points saying "Full-bodied and firm yet rounded in mouthfeel and generous in fruit flavors, this wine strikes a harmonious balance that makes it irresistible. It boasts blueberry, black cherry, dark chocolate and cinnamon flavors, its plush texture carrying them long into the finish." A Super Value!