Aged for 22 months in primarily French oak (60% new oak)
Fermented in small stainless steel tanks and oak barrels with their heads removed
July 26, 2016
2014 Flambeaux Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
92 POINTS - Vinous; 90 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast
A deep, brooding wine with aromas of dark blackberries, plum, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. On the palate, the wine is rich and opulent, with chewy tannins and firm structure. It's satisfyingly round finish goes on and on.
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The Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a deep, brooding wine with aromas of dark blackberries, plum, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. On the palate, the wine is rich and opulent, with chewy tannins and firm structure. The satisfyingly round finish goes on and on.
92 POINTS "Flambeaux 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley) is quite dark and authoritative, yet also medium-bodied in structure. Inky blue/purplish stone fruit, graphite and savory overtones abound in this attractive, expressive Sonoma Valley Cabernet. Drink it over the next decade or so." Antonio Galloni, Vinous ~ 90 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast
GOLD - 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition ~ GOLD - 2017 TEXSOM International Wine Awards ~ GOLD & 95 Points - 2017 California State Fair ~ "Best of the Best" Gold & 94 Points - 2017 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
The Sonoma Valley grapes were grown in the hills between Kenwood and Glen Ellen just up from the valley floor in a beautiful corridor. This vineyard site gets wonderful weather with cooling fog from the San Francisco Bay to the South.
The grapes were picked at dawn in a cool fog and were brought immediately to the winery. There, the grapes were sorted, destemmed, then the berries were sorted again before being put into the small stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The grapes were cold soaked for five days before fermentation to allow for some natural color and phenolic extraction. The wine was then fermented and allowed to sit on the skins post fermentation for two weeks. They were then pressed and put into barrel where they underwent malolactic fermentation, then were gently racked off of their heavy lees and put back in barrels where they sat in the cellar to age for the better part of two years.
We love pairing our Cabernets with beef and this wine is no different. Its richness and black fruit pair finely with short ribs or marinated flank steak tacos.
Flambeaux are the dancing torchbearers of New Orleans Carnival. For a century and a half, they have illuminated the New Orleans night parades, dancing and twirling their torches so as to cast a magical, flickering light over the spectacle. To many New Orleanians, the Flambeaux are the quintessential symbol of Carnival, representing tradition, light, dance and most of all, joy. We have named our Cabernet Sauvignon after this time-honored symbol of our native New Orleans, as the Flambeaux best represents all that we love about Cabernet-light flickering in a dark glass, complex flavors dancing across the palate, and celebration of life.
Vibrant with aromas of currants, dried cranberries, black cherry, and a beautiful higher-toned spice. Aromatic hints of tea leaf, cedar, and cacao nibs complement a pleasing minerality on the lively finish.