2014 Rainin Vineyard Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
100 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
97+ Points - The Wine Advocate
98 Points - Wine Enthusiast
99 Points - International Wine Report
The Rainin Vineyard, founded in 1998 by the Rainin family, is a bucolic, eight acre site located on the rugged volcanic slopes of Diamond Mountain. The vines are nestled amongst majestic pine forests and redwood groves. The family's passion for the vineyard is reflected in their philosophy, "If it's not fun, we're not doing it." We hope you share their joie de vivre as you enjoy this singular expression of Rainin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sensationally alive and vibrant, the 2014 Rainin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon opens as if it were a fresh-cut stem, with earth-driven layers of graphite, subtle mountain herbs and ripe black fruits in the background. Bold yet not over-powering, the firm, dense, seamless tannins are wound in dynamic tension.
Appellation: Diamond Mountain District
Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrel Aging: 24 Months in 100% New French Oak
Winemaker: Steve Leveque
"From a site on Diamond Mountain, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Rainin Vineyard is as black and inky as it gets, yet offers profound elegance and purity. Cassis, blueberries, liquid rock, graphite, scorched earth and white flower notes all flow to a massive Cabernet Sauvignon that stays balanced, pure, silky and elegant, with building tannin. This beauty is off the charts, and unquestionably one of the greats of the vintage."
100 Points - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Critic
"From the iconic site atop the mighty mountain appellation, Rainin is exotic in forest, soy and sage notes, with a powerful and densely layered tannin structure. Black pepper, plum and leather are made all the more complex by a tease of rocky ash that gives the wine a distinct mineral character and earthiness. This is one for cellaring. Enjoy 2024–2034. Cellar Selection."
98 Points - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Rainin Vineyard has a beguiling nose of menthol, lilacs, chocolate box and lavender over a core of blueberry compote, blackberry preserves and smoked meat, plus wafts of bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Big, rich, concentrated and with seriously intense perfumed fruit in the mouth, it has a firm, seamless structure of grainy tannins and lively acidity, finishing with epically long-lasting savory and spice notions."
97+ Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate
"The 2014 Rainin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a complete knockout from the talented winemaking team at Hall ... Flirting with the rare limits of perfection, this intense, opaque colored red opens with an inviting, complex bouquet of crème de cassis, roasted coffee, sweet tobacco, hoisin sauce and suggestions of black cherry compote which all come together with a seductive quality which continues to bring you back for more. "
99 Points - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
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