96 Insider Points
Gold Medal & Exceptional- Beverage Tasting Institute
Very Good - Wine Enthusiast
14 Appellations, 14 Tons of Premiere Napa Grapes. At 9 years old, this wine is matured and ripe for picking. A bouquet of cherries and dark chocolate warms the nose, guiding you in for a smooth, layered palate. tannins, softened with age, melt into flavors of oaky black cherry, cranberry, raw cocoa and a touch of mint leaf. All kinds of yes. 96 Points - JZ September '17
"At the age of five years or so, the cherry, currant and chocolate fruit is starting to pick up aged characteristics, softening and growing mellow and earthy. It's at an awkward stage, midway between youth and maturity. It's a gamble, but try giving it another six years." - Wine Enthusiast
This is truly an ICON Napa Valley Wine, one of kind!
Our serious Bordeaux fans will want to take careful look at this super flavorful Meritage. More than a clever saying, this divine vintage stems from a truly unique concept. In 2008, Napa had fourteen sub-appellations and this vintage sets out to capture the essence that is Napa Valley as a whole. By harvesting approximately one ton of fruit from the best vineyards in each AVA, the blend is one of the most compelling wines you will ever taste.
Upon tasting, our Tasting Panel immediately identified the nose of this wine as that of a high-end Napa Cab. Of which, it is! Sourced only from Napa’s best of the best lots for a premiere blend that is truly decadent.
Reasons why we love it:
- Behind every great wine is a great team. And in the case of this label, even bigger hearts. FOURTEEN Appellations is dedicated to Mike Seitz, the man who originally thought up the idea of creating this blend that would highlight the diversity of Napa in a single bottle. He sadly passed before the project came to fruition, but each of the talented partners have brought his vision to life with flare and precision.
- Winemaker Steve Reynolds - Owner/Winemaker for the Tuscan-style Reynolds Family Winery and some serious ground-breaking labels including Appellations, Naughty, Hiatus, V12, Imago Mundi and Italics - is the man who explained the philosophy in an Appellation America interview as “we want to learn and play with the individual flavors of Napa Valley. (For the project), we keep them (each vineyard) apart for a year. We get to really taste Napa in all its little parts and then construct the valley and put it all together. All the individual pieces are so wonderful and powerful on their own. It’s like having 14 Pele soccer players together. They all have egos, but if you can get them together, you’ll have the best team that’s ever played the game.” Plus, “for winemakers, blending is fun. It’s almost an art form. I can’t think of a wine that is more complex than what we’re trying to do with Fourteen.”
- So, if you want all of Napa, this blend is all of Napa! There is no other wine that gives you all the region’s parts and we have also found it is one of the most age-worthy vintages we’ve seen. A proven crowd pleaser that is all Napa greatness and when paired with Insider value it is more than good; it’s great!
Beautiful ruby hues with a slightly darker crimson heart. Cherry, blueberry, cassis, mission fig, mint dark chocolate, cherry cordial, and tobacco. Very balanced, soft, and silky on the palate, with delicious flavors of black cherry and dark chocolate. Long and elegant with lingering acids that make the mouth water. Black currant and allspice persist along with other black fruit, earth and spice.
Over the years this 2008 "one of a kind" Beauty is still massive, big tannins, chewy, and full of character. It has aged nicely as any well made iconic Napa Red should. At 50% off it's a steal for anyone looking for a peak drinking killer Bordeuax blend! A wine like this doesn't need press, I'm actually happy that Steve and team didn't go after any and for how RARE this wine truly is. Back then there were only 14 appelations, now a days there 16 appelations and they no longer make this wine.
~James, Cellar Heist Coordinator
*invino maintain excellent cellaring conditions, and strives to sell every bottle in pristine condition. As is standard industry practice, any wine purchased over seven vintage years old, is sold "as is" and more not be returned for any reason.
Wines have an extraordinary capacity to reflect the environment in which they’re grown. A point not lost on the current crop of American vintners eager to have their wine express increasingly smaller plots of land.
Against this trend of vineyard-designated wines comes THIRTEEN — a wine made not from a single vineyard but from a baker’s dozen, each one more esteemed than the next. What distinguishes these vineyards is that they have been chosen as the best representatives of their respective sub-appellations: Howell Mountain, Rutherford, etc. Napa Valley has 13 of these sub-appellations, or did, when we picked the fruit. (More on this in a moment.) The idea behind THIRTEEN was to blend one ton of grapes from each of these 13 vineyards to create a wine that is conspicuously connected to
“A new wine is both an invention and a discovery.”
Napa Valley. A wine that is the truest expression of what the Valley has to offer. As far as we know, no one has ever tried to capture Napa in its totality. Our guess is, no one’s even thought of it. It is, after all, a daunting task to collect grapes from every soil type, every microclimate, every terroir. But the question remains: is this invention of ours a good idea? We’ll leave that for you to discover.
Enjoy this elegant wine with a perfectly seared, rare filet mignon.