2014 Jones Family Cabernet
2014 Jones Family Cabernet The 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon shows remarkable approachability early in its maturation process, possessing a harmonious balance of complex flavors, great depth, power and nuance. The wine is almost completely opaque in the glass with a red-black core and dark ruby halo around the edge. Aromatic notes of clove, rose hips, cedar bark, crushed raspberry and eucalyptus oil have a seamless interplay that swells forth in a lithe manner.
The mouth feel and trajectory of the wine is sleek and decadent. Palate notes to consider are cassis reduction, quince paste, blood orange oil, blackberry liqueur, sandalwood, pine bough and pomegranate juice. There is a bracing acid backbone that keeps all these rich fruit notes in order, providing a mouth-watering framework, coupled with an extremely fine tannin structure.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s foremost red wine-grape variety. Though widely cultivated throughout the world, it is most commonly associated with the red wines of Bordeaux.
In the vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are small, thick-skinned and decidedly blue-colored, with a high pip-to-pulp ratio. Its thick skin results in wines of profoundly deep color, and the pips add a high level of tannin.
It ripens late, which is advantageous in warmer climates like Bordeaux, France and California. In colder growing environments, Cabernet Sauvignon can easily fail to ripen properly. Unripe Cabernet Sauvignon shows a lot of the aromas similar to unripe Cabernet Franc, notably a green or herbaceous character. This may not be entirely surprising, as Cabernet Sauvignon’s parents are Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.
Cabernet Sauvignon’s flavors can vary from region to another. Cabernet Sauvignon produced in Bordeaux’s Margaux appellation varies considerably from one grown farther north in Pauillac, for example. The best Cabernet Sauvignon wines tend to have deep color, good structure and a full body. They are tannic in youth, especially when aged in oak, and often require a few years to soften before they become enjoyable to drink. Typical flavors may include black fruits like blackcurrant or blackberry, as well as fragrant cigar box, tobacco and coffee.