2014 GODSPEED CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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Godspeed is located in the
Mount Veeder Appellation of Napa Valley. The vineyard is the project of the
Larry Stricker family. At 1,500 feet elevation, Larry’s picturesque vineyard on
Mt. Veeder is an ideal spot for growing classic mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
The vineyard was planted in 1987. The vineyard comprises a series of steep
hillsides and mixed volcanically-derived soils. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines
that cling to its slopes produce small clusters of deeply concentrated grapes
that lead to statuesque wines with immense aging potential. The first vintage
of the Godspeed Cabernet Sauvignon was 2011.
The Godspeed Cabernet Sauvignon
is a single vineyard wine that always has five percent of other varietals
blended in to bring a greater balance. In 2011 that blend had five percent
Cabernet franc while 2012-2013 it was four percent Cabernet franc and one
percent Petite verdot. The 2014 is comprised
of three percent Cabernet franc and two percent Petitie verdot in 100% new
French oak barrels aged for 24 months. This is a big and dark Cabernet
Sauvignon that has dark fruit like black currents or black berries. The velvet mouthfeel only increases out as
these wine ages and the tannins soften.
The bold deep tannins and the cedar aromas are present in every vintage
of the Godspeed from 2011 through 2014.
Those tannins need bold fatty
foods to counterbalance the intensity of this wine. Pair with bigger meat dishes like rib eye,
tri tip, and prime rib. Grilled,
roasted, seared, or braised preparations work best.
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Varietal: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
AVA: Mt Veeder, Napa Valley
Cooperage: 100% new French oak for 24 months