2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley
From '73 till eternity
Ready for another fist-pumping, dopamine-charged score?? Roberto R. out in Miami sure is!! We’re back with a final round of this dead-serious Napa Cabernet. Under $30 with a serious winemaking pedigree - it can easily run with the $80+ crowd all day!
Let’s dive into the pedigree first.
This showstopping Cabernet comes from a joint venture between two iconic figures in the Napa wine scene. Mario Sculatti, owner of ROAM, teamed up with Denis Malbec to create something very special. Mario’s no stranger to great wine. He worked closely with Benoit Touquette at Realm before earning a reputation for his ROAM wines. As a fourth generation Napa resident, his father was instrumental in creating the Judgement of Paris winning 1973 Chateau Montelana Chardonnay. His close friend Denis Malbec who Mario called “the greatest teacher one could have ever hoped for” consulted on this wine. Denis was quite literally born into wine, in Pauillac. He spent a decade as winemaker for Chateau Latour, and churned out so many 95-100 point wines for Napa wineries (notably Blankiet and Kapcsándy) before his very tragic, and untimely death in 2016.
This locals only, insider type wine pays tribute to the Wappo tribe’s name for Mount St Helena. Kanamoto means “human mountain”. That makes sense because it ERUPTS from the glass with rich blackcurrant, dried black cherry, brambly wild blackberry, raisins, tobacco leaf, spicecake, and semisweet baking chocolate carried by dusty, ganache-like tannins into a lengthy finish. There’s definitely an old school flair too, with pencil lead, tobacco and cedar working into the mix. And the two years in 75% new French Oak gives it all that toasty richness you crave. Heady, and crazy complex with a LOT of life left. Lay it down for a few years or enjoy it now - truly a bottle you won’t forget anytime soon!
This was a singular side project, rising from two very passionate and skilled winemakers. You’ll never see any more vintages, and we bought up every last bottle we could. At 50% off you’re getting an immense once-in-a-lifetime deal. You simply need to taste this!
An alluring shade of mahogany surrounds the vivid heart of a rich and deep cerise red.
Generous with ripe fig, boysenberry and blueberry compote entwined with smokiness.
Layered fruitcake is backed by ample, ganache-like tannins, while accents of black tea.
Bay leaf and tobacco provide savory accents to the grounded finale echoing on and on.
This silky Cabernet is on the elegant side, so enjoy with lamb, duck, mushrooms, pasta.
What the Winery Says
- Mario Roam Sculatti
- Consulting winemaker
- Denis Malbec
- 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot
- Yountville & Coombsville, Napa Valley
- 24 months
- 75% new French oak