Robert Parker 99
Another nearly perfect wine is the 125-case cuvee of 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Wildfoote Vixen Block. This is Stags Leap, owned by former Screaming Eagle Vineyard owner and realtor Jean Phillips. A stunning floral nose intermixed with blackcurrant, black cherry, licorice and gravel is followed by a long, multidimensional wine with terrific blue and black fruits, loads of glycerin, sweet tannin and a stunning finish of more than a minute. This is spectacular stuff. Drink it over the next 20 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Wildfoote Vineyard Vixen Block is one of the most bold, racy wines in the lineup this year. Intensely aromatic, layered and exquisite, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Wildfoote Vineyard Vixen Block is a classic Stags Leap Cabernet long on class and intensity. The 2014 still needs time to come together, but it is impressive today. Red and purplish-hued fruits, wild flowers, mint and sage build into the super-expressive finish. Russell Bevan gets virtually all of the fruit of Wildfoote, a property owned by Jean Phillips.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2029