Parker’s Under-The-Radar Spring Mountain Cabernet Gem
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate just published its 93-point rave (and upgrade) of the 2014 Juslyn Estate Cabernet Sauvignon for its “full and concentrated” mouthfeel and “lively backbone.” The Advocate has lavished high scores and praise on the winery’s ultra-sleek Cabernet Sauvignons for over a decade. But despite even praise from Parker, “this estate remains under most consumers’ radar,” notes the venerable critic. Even better, these estate Cabernet grapes are farmed by the legendary Oscar Renteria, whose clients include Etude, Duckhorn, Rombauer, and many others include in the past Screaming Eagle and Dalla Valle. The only bad news today is that Juslyn made 350 cases in total. The good? We have 120 cases up for grabs — nearly one-third of all produced — of this decadent Spring Mountain Napa Valley beauty from Wine Spectator’s “dream vintage.” This is quintessential mountain Cabernet, and its sheer quality at $85 per bottle (an eye-popping 51% off) makes its value nothing short of miraculous.
Winemaker Craig Maclean (formerly of Markham, Cain and the iconic Spring Mountain Vineyard — of which we have cases stacked deep in our cellar, and know that Wine Acccess clients do as well) has been making absolute stunning Spring Mountain Cabernet from dream terroir farmed by the legendary vineyard manager Oscar Renteria. But with this vintage, the keys to the estate have been handed over to Angela Mondavi, and we expect even better things from this estate moving forward. The resulting 2014, with Maclean, Renteria and Mondavi all lending their individual brilliance reveals a Spring Mountain Cabernet that boasts a luscious expression of fruit and terroir that’s spectacular now and will turn mind-bending with age.
The combination of winemaker and vineyard manager pedigree yields an unbeatable duo, and we strongly recommend locking into a case of this Cabernet. If well-kept, the 2014 Cabernets off Spring Mountain are going to deliver unrivaled complexity for not just years but decades to come. You’ll really see what Robert Parker meant when he called the vintage “another superlative year,” for Northern California.