Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cinq Cepages
Region Sonoma County
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren
This six liter bottle or "Imperial" is a true prize for any collector. Equivalent to eight regular bottles, the added size allows the wine to age slowly and develops nuances and complexities over the course of years.

95 Points, Vinous

"The flagship Cinq Cepages is terrific in 2014. Rich, ample and unctuous, the 2014 offers all the richness that is such a signature of this bottling, but with better integration of tannin and finer balance than I can remember seeing in some time. Blackberry jam, grilled herbs, smoke, menthol, lavender and sweet spice all meld together effortlessly. Opulent and dense on the palate, yet not at all overdone, the 2014 is fabulous.”. - Antonio Galloni

92 Points, Wine Advocate

"Composed mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon, with dollops of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot (hence the name), the 2014 Cinq Cepages Proprietary Red Wine has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of pure, crushed black currants and blackberries plus hints of garrigue, lavender, chocolate box and wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is firmly textured with a solid frame of chewy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and earthy." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes

Cinq Cépages opens with layers of aromas including black currant, cassis, delicate notes of perfumed violet, and savory tobacco leaves. Secondary aromas of roasted espresso, nuanced notes of Earl Gray tea, and sweet spices like cinnamon and clove add to the complexity. The palate finds rich, plush flavors of black raspberry and dark chocolate.

This full-bodied wine has well-integrated, ripe tannins giving the wine a mouth-pleasing structure and layers of complexity. In signature Cinq Cépages form, this wine combines the diverse strength of Sonoma County to create an approachable, well-balanced and elegant wine that is very enjoyable now and can age for many years to come.

Winemakers Note

2014 Cinq Cépages is a blend of classic Bordeaux grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), Cabernet Franc (9%), Merlot (8%), Malbec (3%),and Petit Verdot (3%). These varieties are used in each vintage, and once assembled, the blend spends almost an entire year in the bottle before release.

Vintage Notes

The 2014 vintage proved ideal with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012. The winter was one of the driest in California on record, but substantial early spring rains set the vines on a strong start. Summer temperatures were milder, so with early bud break and veraison, harvest was unusually early.

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