2014 "Kathryn Hall" Cabernet Sauvignon

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

From the purple garnet color in the glass, through the dark and dusky aromas to the voluptuous, enveloping texture, this is a wine skilled in the art of seduction. The 2014 is 100% Cabernet, primarily sourced from Hall’s estate Sacrashe Vineyard as well as a few other prime mountain and valley floor sites. The Sacrashe Vineyard is planted on dry and rocky hills at the eastern end of the Rutherford AVA. While yields are modest, the grape berries are small and concentrated with intense flavors and tannins. Meticulous vineyard management and cellar work have produced a wine that exudes warmth, personality and waves of flavor. Gorgeous now, the wine will also reward cellaring for 15 years or more. 

Winemaking

Handpicked grapes were carefully sorted and destemmed but not crushed. The berries underwent a five-day “cold soak” at a cold 50° F (10° C) to extract color prior to a 21-day fermentation with a combination of natural and cultured yeasts. The wine aged for 24 months in 75% new French oak barrels.

Tasting notes

95 points – Robert Parker; 94 points – Vinous. Aromas of cassis, dark cherry, and plum preserves carry hints of tobacco leaf, Chinese five spice and tapenade. Supple and opulent on entry, the mid-palate offers intense black fruit, evolving toward savory herbs and fine tannins on the finish. Excellent acidity and texture suggest the wine will age well for 15 or more years.

Appellation

Napa Valley

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Size

750ml

Closure

Cork

Alcohol

15.8%

UPC

892159000730