Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Region: America / California / Alexander Valley
Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

The fruit for the Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is grown at high elevations on sloped hillsides with good drainage. At 1400 feet high, along the sun-drenched western facing slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, the fruit sits well above the fog line. Naturally protected from the wind, dry hot days combine with bracingly cold nights which puts an element of stress on the vines resulting in small clusters, small berries and intensified flavors. The grapes were hand-sorted and underwent a two-day cold soak prior to fermentation to extract optimal color and flavor. After primary fermentation, the wine was then aged in French oak barrels, 80% new, where it underwent malolactic fermentation, followed by 20 months of aging.

93 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2014 vintage
92 Points

Sommelier Journal

2014 vintage
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harvest note

Warm sunny days throughout the spring and summer months set the stage for a spectacular harvest in September 2014. The lack of rain meant that harvest began a little earlier than normal and was short in length, finishing up by the end of October. The temperate days leading up to harvest produced good yields of high quality fruit with concentrated flavors, complex aromatics and excellent structure.

tasting note

This is a rich and full-bodied Cabernet with deep, layered aromas and concentrated flavors of dark cherry, blueberry, vanilla bean and tobacco. The wine shows off firm, structured tannins and a luxurious, lingering finish.

food pairing

Excellent with Blue Cheese, Wild Mushrooms and Ribeye Steak

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Alexander Valley
ABV: 14.8%
AGING: 20 Months, 100% French Oak

points of distinction

  • Aged in 100% French oak barrels (80% new) for 20 months
  • about the grape +
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“An excellent expression of mountain Cabernet from Alexander Valley, this wine showcases great concentration of color, dark fruit aromas and a rich texture that reflects the vineyard from which the fruit is grown. Situated high above the fog line along the Western slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, this Cabernet develops at a slow, steady pace which allows for full development of aromas, flavors while creating balanced acidities.”

– Chris Louton, Winemaker

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