- Producer: Buccella
- Winemakers: Landon Donley
- Region (AVA): Yountville & Coomsville (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
- Vintage production: 1,320 cases
- Winery location: Napa
- Owners: Bill and Alicia Deem
- First Vintage: 2002
About the Wine:
2014 was the first vintage at Buccella for ex-Spottswoode winemaker, Landon Donley, following in the footsteps of Celia Welch (Scarecrow) and continuing the tradition of great winemakers putting thier stamp on Buccella's effortless wines.
Buccella's Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from diverse, premium fruits thoughtfully cultivated by a variety of small vineyards Yountville and Coomsville. Low yields and great clonal pedigree, combined with meticulous farming, are essential to producing Buccella's Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s this blend of intensely ripe fruit that results in the wine’s unique character, complexity, depth and balance.
The 2014 was whole-berry fermented and aged in 80% new oak for 22 months.
The focus for 2014 was to pick smaller blocks within the vineyard to capture more concentration. Since 2014 was a large yielding vintage with big canopies it meant the grapes could potentially come off the vine with less concentration and density than in prior years. Having smaller lots for blending gave Landon a good platform to “cherry pick” the best lots and make the best blends.
In general, the conditions for Napa Valley were great. The weather was perfect in relation to prior years and it gave the vines opportunity to fully mature the fruit. 2014 was part of the long drought, but Napa valley received almost 15 inches of rain right before bud break allowing the vines lots of moisture in the soil for the roots. Harvest was historically earlier, but that was due to an early bud break.
The 2014 wines are charming, slightly more fleshy and approachable. This vintage will show better on release than the more reserved 2013 and 2012. More red fruits and blue fruits are present and less of the darker black fruit that generally appear when a vintage is marked by significant heat wave. Tannins and acid are softer and more lush than prior years.
Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (Duty paid)
"A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a very deep inky purple color and offers an intense cassis, crushed blueberries and blackberries nose with hints of menthol, fragrant earth and tilled soil plus cinnamon stick and lavender. The mouth is full, rich and concentrated with a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins. The long finish still carries a lot of oak, but given the slowly evolving fruit and firm frame here, I anticipate this oak should marry within 2-3 years and drink beautifully over the next 15+."
95+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Dec. 2017)