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GKG 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Orin Swift Cellars

94 points - from Dave Phinney                              
Limited new Cabernet from Dave Phinney - one of the top scoring Cabernets of the vintage.

94 Points Robert Parker:  "This blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec from the Lewelling Vineyard in St. Helena was made by photographer Greg Gorman. This wine, aged 17 months in new French oak, is a beautiful, supple Cabernet Sauvignon, very much in keeping with this vintage’s hallmark lushness. Offering silky tannins, low acidity and oodles of ripe blue and black fruits, it is layered, full-bodied, delicious and sexy. Drink it over the next 10-15 years."

GKG are the intials of winery owner Greg Gorman. Dave Phinney (of Orin Swift Cellars) is his winemaker. This wine is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot and 1% Malbec. It is a high-octane, full-flavored Cabernet with aromas and flavors of black cherries, blackberry liqueur, espresso, cassis, toasty oak and vanilla, Chinese five spice and more. Rich, silky tannins, and drinking nicely now.  Greg is a photographer by day who took the photo for Orin Swift's Papillon Cabernet label.  The following year Greg approached Dave in regards to helping Greg make his own wine. Dave not only agreed but was very encouraging. Dave also really pushed Greg by bringing in all the samples blind and tasting through the different varietals until Greg had found the various components to make his blend. It certainly was trial and error coming up with what worked for Greg's palette-but what a learning experience!

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