For Friends and Fellow Wine-Lovers,
Today we happily released our 4th Cabernet from Dry Creek to you... the 2014 Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.
Perfectly balanced. This marks the fourth vintage from Eifrig Cellars.
Yes, I made these wines with my own hands and, of course, with the help of some of the best winemakers in America.Today, my DCV Cab from 2014 is again being made available to those folks closely connected to me. The 2009 and 2012 sold out quickly. The 2013 within months.
Moreover, we released the 2014 to Eifrig Cellars Founders Club (folks who bought both the Cabs from ‘09s,’12s, and 13s.) in late fall and sold almost half within a day. Today there are less than 35 cases left so please let me know so you don’t miss out…
Many of you have heard me talk about these wines already… And several of you have even had a chance to taste them. If you haven’t, read on.
I married my love of old school Cabernet Sauvignon… something that reminded me of Napa winemaking in the 70's and 80's, with everything I love in new world wines of Dry Creek Valley in Northern Sonoma. This is the kind of wine that competes with any wine at any price. Guaranteed.
This is exactly the kind of wine I love to drink. I’m incredibly excited about this vintage and wanted to share what we’ve created.
The grapes were grown in the Dry Creek Valley on 5 acres of ancient riverbeds. The wine’s aged for two to three years – depending on the vintage – in barrels. I used mostly new French Oak. We also bottle-aged the wine for at least a year or two, like the great Riojas of Spain.
The latest vintage has seen nearly 3 years of aging in barrels and bottle. And again, I’ve put it up against great wines from all over the world and even had my first vertical of Eifrig this summer with close friends at our 28th annual Eify Open Golf tournament in Northern Minnesota. The guys there said... Eifrig Cabernet rocks!
The 2014 is truly the most elegant wine we’ve made to date. It has characteristics of all 3 earlier vintages… some of the old-world French style of balance and gentleness of the 2009.
The provenance of the wine is the same: DCV.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were grown in the Dry Creek Valley, on a small plot farmed by a good friend of mine – Jim Ricci. The wine was aged for 2 plus years, in mostly new French oak (remember, the mix is a secret!). Finally, the wine is bottle-aged until the day you open it.
When you first experience the ’14 you might discover there’s a beautiful softness and gentleness of fruit that’s married perfectly to the oak. The flavors are mystical to me each time I’ve tried it. Here are notes from last night:
The wine is a vibrant purple, with multiple layers of legs: starting with short fat slow ones and sliding into long narrow ones over the first minute. Aromas of sweet cedar, notes of cola, blueberry, and French herbs. A wisp or two of milk chocolate over the first 20 minutes.
The wine tastes of dark cocoa, dry but with a hint of sweet. There’s blue fruits and cola notes that fade to a lip smacking dryness. The oak is buried perfectly, not the headliner the 2013 was. The balance is amazing, and smooth. It matched a Bolognese and grilled Caesar salad perfectly.
After an hour, this is as pretty a wine as I can recall drinking in the last decade. It’s delicate, and perfectly balanced with gorgeous aromas balanced by perfectly delicate and gentle flavors typical with the greatest Bordeaux and elegant new world Cabs. At 100% Cab, I’m not sure what I could improve on. The aromas and tastes of salted caramel, on chocolate dipped pretzels… sweet, cocoa, salt, baked bread are mesmerizing.
And I tried it a week ago and wrote this on Vivino: The wine is a dark purple, though not as dense as the 2013. The clarity is brilliant, almost diamond like. The legs are incredibly complex and multiple layers and levels. Some thick, some thin and fleeting.
Aromas of sweet cedar sawdust, cassis, cracked pepper, and a slight sense of roasted olives. There's also a tease of candied stewed purple fruits, blueberries? After an hour in my glass I sense caramelized cherries. There's alcohol but it’s neither hot nor off putting.
The wine tastes and swishes cherry cola and soft sweet oak. There’s hints of blue and red fruits. The after taste is gorgeous, simple and delicate. But again, leaves me wanting more, and like all the vintages of Eifrig, we've finished the bottle before we knew it. YUM.
And like the 2009, the balance is perhaps even more perfect. Spouses learning about red wines will clean out the cellar if they taste this one (so get extra and hide some for yourself folks… I’m serious!)
By the way, the price on the 2014 has gone up.
And sorry, but we've just sold out of the 2013 DCV Cab!
The prices are as follows:
- $125 per single bottle plus shipping
- $650 for a 6-bottle case (shipping included) and
- $1,200 for a 12-bottle case (shipping included)
We're happy to give discounts for those buying regularly...
Thanks for sharing in a dream, and here's to our health, wealth, and a great retirement,