Not As Stacked As I’d Like
The 2014 Stack House Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley that I opened today is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Petit Verdot and Merlot. Right out of the bottle I found this crimson wine with a purple rim to have no discernible aromas. It was very light for a Cabernet with flavors of tart red fruit and some oak that ended pretty abruptly. As one who loves long finishes I was disappointed. It tasted better when accompanied by the burger I ate for dinner. I let the second glass breathe for an hour to see if that would make a difference. It was better than the first glass with a slightly longer finish (amazing what a little oxygen will do!). I kept a glass for the next day to give it one more chance to redeem itself and while the additional time did help, it wasn’t enough to make me want to buy it again.
I looked for reviews and found this: “This 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Stack House is an elegant sleeper selection and a terrific value from Napa Valley. This blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot was aged in two-thirds new French oak for almost two years prior to bottling. Finesse style black and red currants compete with some tobacco leaf and loamy soil undertones in a medium-bodied, deliciously fruity, sexy style that offers immediate drinkability and can actually age decently for up to 7-8 years. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate”
As you can see, I don’t share the professional reviewer’s opinion. It’s not bad, jut not my cuppa tea or in this case cuppa wine. It takes me back to my basic belief that palates are so different that going by reviews is not a fool proof method.
Practice makes perfect, I say! Drink up my friends and find your favorites the fun way - by drinking rather than reading. 😜 Cheers! 🍷
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Classic in style due to the terrific mountain acidity, the CDC is nevertheless breathtaking in the complexity of aroma and flavor. Leather, new tobacco, white peppercorn, seared bacon fat and volcanic stones rush from the glass. The Alban clone Syrah on 110R is really showing its stuff at the stony summit of Howell Mountain.
Getting pumped for my upcoming @houstonlifetv segment where I’ll be sharing trends that have serious staying power! Can you guess which trend is working it in this cozy Napa Valley kitchen? Tune in to KPRC on Wednesday, February 21st for more! 📺// #MFIMoments