Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Wine EnthusiastThis is the inaugural release from this winery. Forty percent of the wine was aged for a remarkable nine months on skins, with an equal amount aged in stainless steel and the rest in neutral oak. It dazzles with brooding aromas of herbs and black cherry. The flavors are ripe and succulent, backed by firm but well integrated tannins and a solid finish.
Wine SpectatorFirm in texture, brimming with raspberry, black cherry, violet and herb flavors that come together harmoniously on the finish against refined tannins. Best from 2018 through 2024.
Wine AdvocateA new wine for me (I believe this is their first release) and sporting an eye-catching label, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon comes mostly from the sandy soils of the Beverly Vineyard, which overlooks the Columbia River. Made from 100% Cabernet, it saw an extended maceration of a whopping nine months before spending 14 months in mostly neutral French oak (10% was in concrete). This extended time on skins has given it a plump, supple, even sexy texture as well as exotic notes of dark berry fruits, toasted bread, spice and leafy herbs. At the price, it's a fabulous value and I suspect it will evolve gracefully for a decade.