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Gandona 2014 Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Gandona 2014 Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Gandona 2014 Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Meaning "hillside" in Portuguese, Encosta is the beginning. This Cabernet was originally created to showcase the youthful vibrancy of the vines planted by our team when the property was first acquired. With time, however, Encosta has become less about younger vines and more about showcasing the various expressions of our highly dynamic vineyard characteristics. The 2014 is brimming with black raspberry and cassis, with roasted mocha. There is a joyous confectionary quality, one which brings levity through candied chocolate and raspberry fruit. Itís a silky, very supple wine, rich from start to finish.

James Suckling - 92 Points
"Aromas of dark berries and basil follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and a medium finish. Builds nice at the end with some raspberry character. Better in 2019."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 90 Points
"Their larger cuvée of 800 cases is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Encosta, also 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 21 months in 60% new oak. This opaque purple wine exhibits notes of charcoal, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit, forest floor and spring flowers. The wine is rich and easy to smell, taste and consume, given the low acidity and silky tannins. A touch of asphalt/tar seems to emerge as the wine sits in the glass. Drink it over the next 12-15 years."




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The Story

Napa Valley vintner Bob Long established an impressive array of vineyard sites high atop Pritchard Hill in 1966 when his family put down roots and started Long Vineyards. Those roots were strong, and when Bob Long and Zelma Long handed the keys over to Gandonaís own Manuel and Cristina Pires, the new owners committed to shepherd this special property into a new era with humility and respect. This is just the fifth vintage for the Gandona 'Encosta', and already it is evident that they are succeeding in this mission.
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