2014 Fiancetto Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2014 Fiancetto Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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A past Wine Access story about 2014 Fiancetto Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

“Drinks like a hundred-dollar Cab! Big, bold and juicy but incredibly refined. WOW.”

Chappellet’s #2 Takes Advantage of a Dream Vintage

Ry Richards is legendary winemaker Phil Titus’ #2 at Chappellet. But in his “spare time” Ry consistently produces some of our favorite, full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignons in Northern California under his own Fiancetto label. Richards’ 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is drawn from two blue-chip estates on the valley’s western bench. Ry’s lips were all but sealed given the strict non-disclosure agreement it took to get the fruit, but he did have this to say: “The first winery is on fire in 2014. Parker rated six wines in their portfolio between 94 and 97+ points. The second is one of the most well-established families in the valley, with some of its most extensive holdings. The site is on the valley floor, near Oakville Cross Road.” Richards’ LAST 40 cases of the rich, black-fruited, opulent 2014 Fiancetto Cabernet Sauvignon are up for grabs at 52% off the release price. Just $29 per bottle — if you miss out, there won’t be another chance.

In 2014 — Wine Spectator’s “dream vintage” — both of Richards’ sources benefited significantly from their locations on the valley floor. Why? During hotter years, the valley floor is a virtual oven, with over-ripeness a persistent threat and wines in danger of lacking complexity or tannic backbone to balance the fruit.

But throughout 2014, temperatures were mild and heat spikes nonexistent. Vineyard sites under the fog line had the advantage of longer hang times, with the risk of overexposure to the sun minimized. Grapes could evolve on the vine at their own pace and growers had the luxury of bringing in gorgeous, perfectly ripe fruit that was both massively concentrated and balanced by firm acidity.

Ry’s struggles as a cash-poor upstart have been well documented on Wine Access, and we like to think we’re doing the young Richards a favor, spreading his opulent, black-fruited offerings to WineAccess clients. But as he turns the corner and climbs out of debt, it’s starting to look like he’s doing US a favor.

Customer Ratings

Based on 256 ratings

Fantastic for the price. Tried to find it online to buy more but couldn't. It would definitely rate 90+ from the pros.

Excellent Cab Loved it

Really good cab. Very drinkable at a young age. Kind of wish i had bought more

Excellent. wish I had ordered more

Excellent fruit flavor with smooth tannin finish.

Great value, rich yet smooth, nicely executed wine.

straight up the middle California Cabernet. Balanced, nice fruit, structured.

Very nice, a bit young but an all-star!

Loved this wine. Great value. Liked it so much I bought another 8 bottles!

I was expecting something special, but this wine did not deliver. After the initial disappointment I looked closer at the label and discovered that it was a "cellared and bottled" wine. I know that not all such wines are meh and neither are all vintner bottled wines good, but I usually try to avoid these. If you're proud of your wine why sell it in bulk to a bottler? In any case, for the money I would have been far better off buying a case of BV Rutherford at Costco and pocketing the change.

I wanted to be more impressed with this wine. On the nose I thought I was in for a good experience: the bouquet was quite good. But even after letting it breathe for a while, it never opened up in a favorable way. I expected more finesse out of this one. I've sampled similar wines with as much or more alcohol that weren't as overwhelming, maybe more time in the bottle to allow the tannin to soften up a bit. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

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Excellent value from this young winemaker. I would buy more, if it becomes available

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