Michel Rolland MR 2014
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux's premier consultant is a serious, voluptuous, yet pure and even elegant Cabernet that makes the most of this terrific vintage. Made at the Alpha Omega winery, this purple/blue colored beauty offers sensational purity in its crème de cassis, graphite, scorched earth and licorice aromas and flavors. Big, rich, full-bodied and opulent, it nevertheless has terrific mid-palate depth, fine, sweet tannin and a finish that won't quit. It's sensational today, yet will keep for 2-3 decades.
His 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine is a prodigious effort and maybe the best he's made to date, even though one would expect that, like most wineries, the 2013 or 2015 would be the pinnacle of great Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. This beauty (14.9% alcohol) has an opaque purple color and a beautiful, sweet nose of blueberry liqueur intermixed with some blackberries, crème de cassis, licorice and graphite. It is full-bodied, has a velvety texture and fine tannins, a terrific length of close to 50 seconds, and a large-scaled, voluptuous mouthfeel that just goes on and on. Purity, richness and overall equilibrium are top-flight. Drink it now or drink it in 20-30 years, as it is that well-balanced and potentially long-lived.
Made in partnership with Alpha Omega Winery's Jean Hoefliger, this famous namesake wine embraces the fullness that is Napa Valley concentration and sunny richness, showing baked plum, cinnamon and generous tannin and oak. The backbone is plush and lush in texture, evolving as it opens in the glass. Enjoy this in good time; should show best 2024-2034.