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2014 IL BARONE, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2014 IL BARONE, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from our top vineyards throughout Napa Valley, and shows dense flavors of dark berries, baking spice, and powerful, structured tannins. An exceptional Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with excellent long-term aging potential.


  • Jeb Dunnuck (95 Points)

"The entry effort is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone and it spent 18 months in French oak prior to bottling. This inky colored effort offers a killer bouquet of sweet crème de cassis, black raspberries, vanilla bean and candied violets. It's ripe, full-bodied and sexy, with sweet tannin, no hard edges, and a great texture. With its oak pushed all the way into the background, it's already hard to resist but is going to keep for 2+ decades." (Expected Maturity: 2018 – 2038)


  • Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (94 Points)

"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone is also impressively endowed with plenty of crème de cassis, blueberry, blackberry fruit, a dense purple color, full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet tannin and a long finish. The wine has more fruit and less minerality than the Butala Vineyard and doesn’t quite show the graphite character, but it is a beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 15-20 years. Drink 2016 – 2036."

2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (Double Gold Medal)

*95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck*
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Wine Specs
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 22-24, 2014
18 Months in 60 gallon Allier and Center of France French oak barrels, 60% new oak
Bottling Date
June 23, 2016
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Robert Parker
Wine Profile
Double Gold Medal - 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Vineyard Notes
A blend of the Castello's top high-end Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards from the best growing regions of Napa Valley. The majority of the fruit comes from the Rutherford AVA, a region famed for producing beautifully structured and complex Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winemaker Notes
The 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest was a year of exceptional quality. The winter was one of the driest on record in Napa Valley, with approximately half of the normal rainfall. However, rains in late February and early March provided water to the vines just as they were beginning bud break. The spring was warm and berry sizes were smaller and with more concentrated flavors, and the overal quality, depth of flavor, and excellent balance and maturity in the grapes bodes well for the vintage. - Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
Food Pairing Notes
An excellent accompaniment to grilled red meats, wild game, and flavorful cheeses.
2895 cases

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