2014 Corley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Like a classic movie that has numerous plot twists and scenery changes, so perfectly describes this Napa Valley Cabernet to a tee. Over time, this wine exhibits so many role changes, that by its conclusion, all nuances point towards an award winning performance.
Act 1: Upon opening, you immediately get a sense of its big bold flavors, ultra ripe fruit and spice, but quickly learn that this is quite a young beast, and the only thing to tame it, is time in a decanter.
Act 2: After 2 hours of aeration, it’s like the difference between black & white and full blown color. Dark fruits of blackberry, plum and black currants dance across the palate, while eucalyptus, boot strap leather and a gentle herbal quality dance in the mix. Cocoa powder, lavender and violets intermingle with tangy spice and a balanced oak character.
Act 3: After 5 hours, all factors come together to display a smoked cherry quality that has entered the mix plus the gripping tannins have shown their full liveliness. At 14.4% alcohol, the generous blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc provide power, depth and elegance. Destined to age for many years to come, this wine shows all the makings of a classic for the ages.