90 Points. Listed at a low alcohol level for a hot vintage and vineyard, this is still and 100% varietal. Its black licorice, sugared plum and exotic spice aromas show a penetrating purity. The palate is all about delicacy and elegance, which it brings in abundance. It’s a very pretty expression of this variety, maybe too much so for some tastes, without the variety’s typical tannic heft. But for those looking for a sophisticated style of Cabernet, look no further. 3/1/18 SS
91 Points. The 2014 Stoneridge Vineyard Cabernet begins with aromatics of black fruits and a touch of savory herbs. This is well balanced and the structure of this wine shines through as it delivers flavors of blackberry cobbler and milk chocolate through the finish. (Best 2017-2027) - November, 2017 (OB)
92+ Points: Coming from a terrific site on the Wahluke Slope, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Stoneridge is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon raised all in French oak. Classic Cabernet notes of plum, cassis, hoisin sauce and graphite all give way to a full-bodied, concentrated red that has an undeniable chalky minerality on the finish. It’s impressive today, but it will keep for at least a decade.
- Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
An upright, right on, true Cabernet Sauvignon. Stoneridge Vineyard is the start with seashells, red and black currants, forest floor. Brimming with personality. Long on the palate and suave in its delivery. It is everything you come to expect in this classic bottling.
Vintage and Winemaker Notes
The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.
Stoneridge Vineyard: (100%) Alluvial fan gravel bed, the site rests above the flood plain of the Columbia River. Under the topsoil is a layer of caliche and basalt 6-12’’ deep, creating a calcium and iron rich media that forces roots to struggle.
2014 had an early spring and a wonderful, long summer with cool nights to help maintain great acidity in the grapes. Going into the Fall, temperatures cooled down quite a bit throughout the state, and we were able to hang the fruit for a long period of time before harvest. This combination allowed us to develop more complex flavors, while still maintaining the acidity to produce bright, focused wines.
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Production Yield: 2.1 tons per acre
100% whole berry fermentation
45 days on skins
60% new French oak barriques, 22 months barrel-aged on lees
Charles Smith is the only person to have received Winemaker of the Year distinctions by both Wine Enthusiast (2014) and Food & Wine (2009). In 2008, K Vintners was recognized by Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the “Best New Wineries of the Last Ten Years,” and as “Winery of the Year” in their annual buying guide. His wines continue to receive broad recognition from leading wine publications such as Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine & Spirits with 98 scores of 95 points and above, and 386 scores of 90 points and above.
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