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DuMOL Montecillo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

DuMOL Montecillo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Montecillo Vineyard, from one of the most pedigreed sites in northern California, is a total knockout. A classically built, old-school leaning wine, the Montecillo possesses dazzling aromatic presence, beams of mountain tannin and exceptional overall balance. Inky blue/purplish fruit, licorice, menthol, lavender, iron, smoke, graphite and a host of mineral-inflected notes build into the huge finish. Drinking window: 2022-2036. 96 points

Andy Smith has turned out a striking set of wines at DuMol. Over the last few years, Smith seems to have settled into a more relaxed, comfortable style at DuMol that is helped by not having to divide his attention between DuMol and Larkmead, as he once did. Smith is picking a bit earlier and going for more freshness and energy in his wines. The results are truly spectacular. There are many, many highlights in this range. Readers should not miss the 2014 Cabernets, both of which have really blossomed since I tasted them from barrel last year. The Cabernet program grows to five wines in 2015, so there is plenty to look forward to, including new wines from Meteor (that fruit went into the Napa Valley bottling in 2014), Ballard and Tench."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (03/17)