James Suckling 93
Soft and fruity with plum, chocolate and spice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, firm and showing a pretty center palate of dense ripe tannins and a fresh finish. Better than 2013.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 91
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, which marks their 42nd vintage, is a dense ruby/plum-colored wine with elegant red and blackcurrant fruit, plum, spice box and earth. It is medium to full-bodied with gentle tannins, pure fruit and lush, round generosity. It is not the biggest and most exuberant Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa, but it is flavorful, complex and beautifully crafted. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
Wine Enthusiast 90
The 94 Cabernet Sauvignon and 6 Merlot were sourced from the producer's Chiles Valley estate and organically grown. Dried herb and olive present first around full-bodied notions of crisp cassis and red currant, finishing in a swath of nutmeg oak and firm tannin.
Volker Eisele Family Estate is situated in the Chiles Valley District, one of sixteen grape growing appellations within the Napa Valley Viticultural Area. Cloaked in frequent Pacific fog, Chiles Valley is one of the cooler areas of the Napa Valley resulting in a long growing season, and the vineyard elevations vary from 900 to 1100 feet. The valleys perfect Cabernet climate enhances the development of wines with subtle flavors, full body, and overall complexity.
The vineyard has been organically farmed since 1974, and the oldest Cabernet vines were planted by the Eiseles in 1975. Our wine begins with the premise that 90 of what is in the bottle is made in our vineyard. No grapes are grown elsewhere. We therefore have complete control over the fruits development. Manual thinning ensures that only perfect clusters go into the wine. The cooler weather of the area translates into brighter acidity and more structured tannins which contribute to the tremendous ageability of our wines.
These old vines have continued to yield fruit of superb quality until 2020 when almost the entire treasure of old-vines was destroyed in the fires, making this vintage even more precious.
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Volker Eisele Family Estate is situated in the Chiles Valley District, a sub-appellation of the Napa Valley American Viticultural Area. Cloaked in frequent Pacific fog, and with elevations of 600-1200 feet, the Chiles Valley District is one of the cooler areas of the Napa Valley resulting in a long growing season. The valley's perfect cabernet climate enhances the development of wines with subtle flavors, full body, and overall complexity.
The Estate's sixty acres of vineyard grow at elevations of 900 to 1100 feet on east, west and south facing slopes as well as on the valley floor. Soils vary from clay-loam to shale. After purchase of the vineyard property, the Eisele's began an extensive redevelopment and restoration of both the vineyard acreage and the riparian corridors. Presently 72% of the vineyard is planted in Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.5% Merlot, 10.5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Semillon and 2% Sauvignon Blanc. Seven different Cabernet clones have been incorporated to provide diversity of flavor.
Since 1974 the Eisele's have enriched the vineyard soils through use of organic farming practices. No herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers have been used. The vineyard is certified as organic by both the California Certified Organic Farmers and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. It has been set back from the property's creeks to substantially increase riparian vegetation. Oaks and other native tree species have been planted on the creek banks to prevent erosion. Throughout the property creeks and associated riparian areas have been protected and enhanced.