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Ovid, Napa Valley

Ovid 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2014
  • ABV: 14,5%
  • Origin: Napa Valley/USA
  • Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Petit Verdot

Description

A cult producer in Napa who own a very small vineyard of 15 acres planted on Pritchard Hill, on the eastern side of Napa in the Vaca mountains.

The site is almost pure red volcanic bedrock. The vineyard has alsmot no soil and required significant dynamite to be able to plant.

It's exposed and warm generating masses of fruit concentration, but the volcanic soil and altitude give it phenomenal structural balance and intensity. One of the most exciting properties in Napa. Bought by Silver Oak in 2017 for $50M.

The 2014 Ovid has really come together nicely since I last tasted it a few months ago. From the beginning, the 2014 has had a slightly raw, unevolved feel that has gradually resolved itself, allowing the wine's pure power and gravitas to come through. Plush, dark and somewhat somber, the 2014 shows the clear effects of the drought in its inward personality. I would prefer to give the 2014 at least another few years in the cellar. 96 Galloni

Made up of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, the 2014 Proprietary Red Wine has a deep garnet-purple color and is a little closed to begin, opening slowly to reveal a core of crushed blackberries, warm cassis and cedar chest with nuances of menthol, unsmoked tobacco, Sichuan pepper, tilled soil and mossy bark. Full-bodied and rich, with tons of muscular fruit, the palate is packed with tightly wound black fruits and earthy accents, framed by firm, grainy tannins and invigorating freshness, finishing very long and mineral laced. 97 Lisa Perotti-Brown. Drink 2021-2044

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