2014 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml)

Winery

Hall Wines encompasses a total of 500 acres of vines on estate vineyards in St. Helena, Rutherford, Pope Valley, Atlas Peak as well as in the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Since 2003, Craig Hall and Kathryn Walt Hall have showcased state-of-the-art Napa Valley viticulture, winemaking, architecture and hospitality. Hailing from Texas, Craig Hall has been a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist and real estate developer. Kathryn Walt Hall grew up in Mendocino, where her family tended vineyards, supplying grapes to several wineries in the region. After a career in law as well as serving as United States Ambassador to Austria, she and Craig returned to California, determined to make a mark in the Napa Valley wine industry. Hall’s estate vineyards offer a rich palette of valley floor and high-elevation terroirs and microclimates from which to craft a range of appellation and single-vineyard wines and proprietary blends. The wines are based mainly on the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc and are produced in two state-of-the-art wineries. HALL St. Helena is the site of one of the Napa Valley’s earliest wineries built in 1885. The old “ghost winery” building is being restored as a testament to the history of Napa winemaking. It stands next to Hall’s new facility, where the largest share of Hall wines are produced. HALL Rutherford is a gravity flow winery that features stunning design, artisanship as well as artworks the Halls have collected. It is designed specifically for the production of small-lot wine, such as reserve bottlings or proprietary blends. Though Hall is relatively new to the Napa Valley, its team of winemakers, vineyard managers and consultants are dedicated to realizing the visions of the founders. The stellar scores the wines have received show that effort is paying off.

Wine

Sourced from Hall’s organically-farmed estate vineyards as well as from other growers located throughout the Napa Valley, this wine is an elegant, nuanced yet generous Cabernet Sauvignon. 2014 saw another summer of moderate temperatures that produced fruit with excellent concentration and complex flavors. Dark fruit - blackberry, fig, plum - as well as herbs and spices and a luscious, chewy texture make for a head-spinning experience. And because this wine is destined for a long life, smart buyers will stash bottles away to be enjoyed in a decade or two. In a half bottle, this wine makes for an ideal travel companion! 

Winemaking

Destemming and a computerized optical sorting machine ensured that only the best berries went into the must. Natural yeast fermentation was carried out in stainless steel tanks. Once in barrel (French oak – 50% new), the wine was never racked but aged on the lees for 22 months.

Tasting notes

91 points – Robert Parker; 91 points – Wine Spectator. Aromas of dark berry, black currants and dried fig are layered with hints of black pepper and  licorice and notes of mocha and crushed rock. On the palate, the wine explodes with mouth-coating blackberry jam, tobacco along with chewy velvet tannins in the long finish. Well-integrated, nuanced and complex, the wine is approachable now but will develop over the next decade. 

Appellation

Napa Valley

Varietal

96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc

Size

375ml

Closure

Cork

Alcohol

15.3%

UPC

892159000594