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Gandona 2015 Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Gandona 2015 Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Gandona 2015 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 - 91 Points
"A balanced and silky red with a dusty texture and plenty of dark fruit and chocolate undertones. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. A blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc. Very attractive now but better in 2020."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 90 Points
"The 2015 Gandona Vineyards Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon is very deep garnet-purple in color with a lovely red and black cherries, black berries and mulberries nose with hints of bay leaves, yeast extract and Bovril. Medium-bodied, fine and fresh with lovely open-knit fruit, it finishes long."

Wine Spectator - 90 Points
"Easy to like, offering an introduction of creamy oak and berry flavors, yet this quickly firms and flexes tannic strength, ending dry, savory and chewy. Best from 2019 through 2030."




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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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