William Cole Vineyards

2014 Smoking Gun Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

California: Napa Valley

Offer Expired:Jul 23, 2018 at 11:59 pm
$50.00
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Mission Briefing

Codename:

The man with the purple hands

To call Bill Ballentine’s wines handmade is to tell only part of the story. You see, Bill (who was winemaker for Operative-favorite, St. Clement Winery) makes the wines entirely by himself. His are the only hands that made today’s blockbuster William Cole Vineyards 2014 Smoking Gun Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

This Napa Cab has deep color density and a garnet hue all the way through to the edge. The nose coming off of this wine is just beautiful and extremely enticing with notes of straw, currants, fresh strawberry jam, boysenberry, sandalwood, and anise. Yum!! The flavor profile echoes the fresh nose with black and red cherries, chocolate coated blueberries, hibiscus, and date. This wine has it all: delicious flavors, aromas, and a flawless drinking experience. The soft and somewhat chewy tannins hug the palate and spread out like a plush blanket. You could go just about any direction with this particular Cabernet, but it would be particularly nice with a simple dish like rotisserie chicken with roast veggies.

You may recognize the Ballentine name from Bill’s family winery, Ballentine Vineyards. Bill’s family the founded winery in 1906. Since then, it has been operated by four generations of the family. Winemaking is in Bill’s blood, and the generations of family winemaking experience shine through with today’s truly superb Napa Cabernet.

We can’t wait to bring you more of Bill’s wine in the future!

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Here’s what the wine press has to say.

91 Points - Virginie Boone - “Perfumed lavender opens the way to a softly layered, structured wine that’s medium bodied and restrained in tone. Cassis and red cherry are matched by bright, lingering acidity that provides a welcome succulence throughout.”

Tasting Profile

Look:

Deep color density and a garnet hue all the way through to the edge.

Smell:

Straw, currants, fresh strawberry jam, boysenberry, sandalwood, and anise. Yum!!

Taste:

Black and red cherries, chocolate coated blueberries, hibiscus, and date.

Finish:

Delicious flavors, aromas, and a flawless drinking experience. The soft and somewhat chewy tannins hug the palate and spread out like a plush blanket.

Pairing:

It would be particularly nice with a simple dish like rotisserie chicken with roast veggies.

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
William Ballentine
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Composition
94% Cabernet Sauvignon
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6% Petite Verdot
Vintage
2014
Appellation
Napa Valley
Abv
14.4%
Harvested
October 12-14, 2014
Production
795 Cases

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Jul 23, 2018 at 11:59 pm
$50.00
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