2014 Hoopes Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery

Located on prime Napa Valley real estate, where the Oakville AVA borders Yountville, the Hoopes Vineyard is a family business with a twist: it’s a father-daughter operation – in which (daughter) Lindsay Hoopes has full control of managing the business. Her father, Spencer Hoopes, came to farming and winegrowing by following his passion for collecting great wines. In 1983, he planted a ten-acre vineyard in the Oakville AVA and was soon supplying premium fruit to several esteemed wineries. 15 years later, he started his own label in order to make the aromatic wines with balance and structure that he loved most. A sweetspot for Cabernet Sauvignon, the Oakville AVA features well-drained sandy and gravelly soils as well as a slightly warmer climate that allows this late-ripening variety to develop rich and complex flavors. Think “Napa Cab” and you are probably thinking “Oakville” - as it is home to many of the Valley’s most iconic wines. Hence, it’s not surprising that Hoopes Vineyard focuses on Cabernet. But, as a small enterprise comprising estate vineyards as well as a winery, Hoopes Vineyard represents the pure relationship between grape grower and winemaker in a way that few do in the Napa Valley anymore. Under the flagship Hoopes label, the winery produces Cabernet from its estate vineyard in Oakville as well as from select vineyards in other parts of the Valley.  These wines, produced through meticulous farming and a minimalist approach to winemaking, are deep and complex and will reward years of cellaring. This label also includes Sauvignon Blanc from Coombsville as well as Chardonnay from Carneros. The winery also launched Hoopla, originally as a way to utilize the barrels that didn’t make it into the top blends but now as a label that emphasizes the fun and joie de vivre of a life in - or with - wine. The dog on the label is Dante, Spencer’s faithful and energetic terrier (now deceased), whose boundless energy might symbolize how we should approach wine in our lives - with a sense of play and fun rather than formality and seriousness.

Wine

Sourced from the Hoopes estate in Oakville as well as vineyards in St. Helena, Oak Knoll, southern Napa and Coombsville, this Cabernet combines the qualities of unique terroirs into a grand expression of the region. While 2014 was a rather dry year in the middle of a multi-year drought, moderate temperatures throughout the growing season allowed the grapes to develop their ripe and concentrated flavors slowly. This is a stunning wine that delivers intensity and richness. 

Winemaking

Aged for 21 months in 37% new French oak. 

Tasting notes

90 points – Robert Parker (2013 vintage). Aromas of dark fruit, coffee, vanilla and damp earth lead toward a lush and generous mouthful of ripe blackberry, plum and cherry. Well-integrated tannins linger in a long finish of milk chocolate and spice notes. 

Appellation

Napa Valley

Varietal

86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Petite Sirah

Size

750ml

Closure

Cork

Alcohol

14.75%

UPC

857416200131