We are no stranger to this week’s featured wine Purlieu Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, previous vintages have landed the top spots of our annual 100 list and winemaker Julien Fayard was our 2016 winemaker of the year. The name Purlieu means “the edge of the forest” or “an outlying area” and is a reference to their home base in the new Coombsville AVA, at the edge of the forest and the Napa Valley. The name also refers to their approach to winemaking, to exploring the outskirts and navigating the boundaries of what one may expect of a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. This producer successfully walks the edge the lies in maintaing balance between innovation and tradition, confidence and restraint, depth and refreshment. The result: a stunning wine that has to be tasted to believed.
2014 Purlieu Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Rated 95+ points! The real knock-out is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa…this is a superb example of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Inky purple in color, with beautiful blackberry and cassis fruit, a touch of creosote, charcoal and some subtle background oak, the wine hits the palate with authority, serious extract and richness…It is a big, rich, concentrated, mouth-filling Cabernet Sauvignon with relatively sweet tannin.